Black make students from high schools in Long Beach, California, recently spent two weeks participating in the Math Collaborative program at California State University, Long Beach. The program was established by Rev. Leon Wood at the Claremont Colleges in 2011 and this is the first year it has been held at Long Beach State.
Dr. Wood is the director of the McNair Scholars Program at Claremont Graduate University. His goal was to encourage Black male students, who many would not expect to go to college, to excel at mathematics and other subjects so that they would be prepared for college-level work.
The first year of the collaborative, 25 ninth grade students from Long Beach took classes at Harvey Mudd College. Sixteen of the 25 Black male students who participated in the initial collaborative will enter college this fall.