Clinton School Impact Minute: Arkansas Summit on African American Males

Harvell Howard’s Capstone project at the Clinton School of Public Service led to the launch of the Arkansas Summit on African American Males, an annual statewide event.

The summit addresses critical issues affecting African American males in college and beyond and seeks sustainable solutions to improve their education and economic outcomes.

Howard’s work began in partnership with UA Little Rock, as the campus was in the early stages of creating an initiative to ensure the success of first-time entering African American male students. Upon graduation from the Clinton School, Howard was hired by UA Little Rock to run the Initiative full-time.

His experience and relationships proved to be essential as the summit has since been held on different college campuses across the state, including UAPB, Philander Smith College, and Arkansas State University.

Since the first convening in 2010, thousands of students have attended the summit to network with and learn from professionals in higher education, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

In 2020, Howard was honored for his work on the summit, which celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Clinton School Impact Minute is a recurring segment with Little Rock Public Radio, highlighting the Clinton School’s field service impact in Arkansas.

Since 2004, Clinton School students have completed more than 600 field service projects with nearly 300 organizations in Arkansas alone, creating immediate and long-term impact for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies across the state.



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