Forum emphasizes leadership among black male college students

City Commissioner Christopher Pike talks to the Extraordinary Men of Distinction Program

The Darton College Extraordinary Men of Distinction Program exists to help recruit, retain, and develop black male students because the University System of Georgia has a problem with retention.

The club promotes seminars, community engagement, and personal and professional development workshops.

City Commissioner Christopher Pike spoke to students today on the topic of leadership. "I spoke to the students about the importance of leadership, the importance of investing in the community, how to develop your leadership skills, and use their potential to really be successful" says Pike.

Darton Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Bobby Miles says it's important to support all of their students, but in particular the black men so they can help break stereotypes. "We just need to dispel those stereotypes with something positive and to show them in positive leadership roles. We have to show them people in the community that are leaders" says Miles.

Students say they benefit from the club and take the lessons learned and apply them to their lives to become leaders in the classroom and in society.