The Vermont Connection


This article will address the lived experience of a Black male higher education practitioner who served as an advisor over a Black male mentorship program. While the summer of 2020 brought awareness to the life of individuals who identify as Black and Brown, with the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, there have been numerous attempts to right some wrong in America. This practitioner will share his experience, expertise, and perspective on the performative anti-racist measures, anti-Black rhetoric, and lackluster efforts of universities and colleges investing into people of color mentoring initiatives. As a result, higher education administrators have rebranded and reinforced new meanings for how universities and colleges can invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, which as social justice advocates, we know could potentially fall on deaf ears, depending on the institution. However, moving forward, justice-minded practitioners have the opportunity to challenge and hold universities and colleges accountable, particularly predominantly white institutions (PWIs), to promote and invest in Black Male Mentorship Programs intentionally. We are no longer waiting for the right time; we can rule the world with the stroke of a pen and the power of the tongue.

“I am going to keep it Black, but I am going to keep it brief.” – Lynae Vanee