Professor Dyson Conducts Black Males Project "Writing for Success" Workshop

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dr. Omari L. Dyson, assistant professor in the Department of Education at South Carolina State University, will conduct a “Writing for Success” workshop. The workshop will be held TODAY, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. in 230 Turner Hall, D-wing, as part of this semester’s Black Males Project (BMP) programming, according to Terrence Cummings, executive director for the Student Success and Retention Program (SSRP).

“The Black Males Project was the vision of Dr. Carl E. Jones, assistant vice president for Academic Success and Retention Programs, when he assumed the role as executive director for SSRP in 2004,” Cummings commented.  BMP is a special initiative with activities and support services to increase the potential for Black male college students to complete undergraduate studies. 

“In 2009, the average SAT scores of Black males were lower than those of White males in critical reading, mathematics and writing,” says Cummings. “The gap between White and Black students taking the SAT was 104 points in critical reading, 120 points in mathematics and 99 points in writing.  This makes this one of several critical workshops in which we must continually engage students.  We absolutely must close the achievement gaps in reading, mathematics and writing, and SSRP will utilize every resource it has to increase Black males and every student success,” stated a passionate Cummings. 

Dyson was born and raised in Bronx, N.Y.  After completing high school, he attended the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. and majored in experimental psychology with a minor in early childhood education. Soon thereafter, he matriculated to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. where he received a master’s degree in child development and family studies with a specialty in marriage and family therapy in 2003. In August 2008, Dyson received the doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Purdue University. His teaching covers a wide array of topics, vis-à-vis education, politics, identity, action research and social transformation. Alongside his scholar-activism, Dyson serves as an educational consultant with foci in multicultural training, rites of passage programming, and transitional programs for families impacted by incarceration.

The workshop is open and free to others who would like to attend.  For additional information, contact Marcus L. Corbett, coordinator of the workshop, at (803) 516-4977, or via e-mail at