Home / Black Male Summit 2023

Universities of Louisiana Black Male Summit 2023

June 21-22
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Download the Official Conference App

Access all the Black Male Summit has to offer in the palm of your hand.
1. Click the image below or search "Webex Events" in your device's app store and download.
2. Open the app and create an account or sign in if you've used Webex (formerly Socio) before.
3. Fill in or update your networking profile, and click Continue. Your profile information will help you connect with other attendees!
4. Now, type "Black Male Summit" in the events search bar to find our conference. Once you've found it, tap the event and explore conference offerings.


Rates have been negotiated at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.


This track could focus on various aspects of physical, emotional and mental health that disproportionately affect Black men. Presentations may focus on topics such as access to healthcare, health disparities, and the impact of social determinants of health on Black males. The goal of this track is to identify solutions that address the unique health needs of Black males in Louisiana and improve their overall quality of life.

This track could explore the educational experiences of Black men and ways to improve outcomes in areas such as academic achievement, graduation rates, and access to higher education. Presentations may address topics such as effective teaching practices, strategies to reduce the achievement gap, and initiatives that promote college readiness and career readiness. The goal of this track is to identify effective strategies and programs that promote academic excellence, college and career readiness, and lifelong learning.

This track could examine issues related to financial literacy, economic opportunities, and wealth building for Black men. Presentations may focus on strategies to improve financial well-being, entrepreneurship opportunities, and wealth-building initiatives. The goal of this track is to identify solutions that promote economic mobility and prosperity for Black males in Louisiana.

This track could focus on the intersection of Black male identity and the criminal justice system. Presentations may address topics such as policing practices, mass incarceration, and re-entry programs that aim to reduce recidivism rates. The goal of this track is to identify solutions that promote fairness, equity, and safety for Black males in Louisiana.

Plenary Panelists

The Summit will feature three keynote panels that will expand our thinking on black males in education, healthcare and criminal justice.

Maurya Glaude

Director of Programs at Son of a Saint (SOAS)

Maurya Glaude, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW-BACS is currently the Director of Programs at Son of a Saint (SOAS), where she leads a multi-disciplinary team. She has the privilege of co-creating initiatives and programs that accelerate the impact of mentorship, peer support, academic support, mental and recreational wellness for mentees and families, and partnering stakeholders. She is also a college professor, practitioner, volunteer, and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She previously served as Executive Director of St. Charles Parish Community Action and she has extensive administrative and clinical experience. She maintains licensure in both Louisiana and Texas as a licensed clinical social worker and clinical supervisor. Her research on mental health is informed by more than 17 years of practice experience providing clinical-community services in partnership with diverse ethnic communities. As a leader, she acknowledges her responsibility to co-create, mentor, and prepare future leaders through practice-informed research and programming that prioritizes changing systems. As a clinician, she is committed to family-centered interventions that activate generational healing and promote family preservation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University (Psychology), a Master of Social Work from Tulane University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Tier One, University of Houston. Dr. Glaude enjoys painting, zydeco dancing, and traveling with family and friends. 

Suchitra Satpathi

Partner, Pelican State Partners, LLC

Suchitra has worked in both the state and local government also serving as the Senior Advisor for State and International Affairs for the City of New Orleans and as Mayor Landrieu’s Executive Counsel and as the Director of State, Federal Relations and Boards and Commissions for the City of New Orleans. She has also served as the Mayor’s designee on the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, and as the Chair of the Edward Wisner Advisory Committee. She continues to cultivate a diverse practice that blends her experience with government and policy toward informed and effective solutions 

Collis Temple III

Board of Regents

Temple is a National Sales Director and agency owner with Primerica. Prior to joining Primerica, a financial services company, he was a student-athlete playing basketball at LSU. While at LSU he earned an undergraduate degree in General Business and completed a Master’s in Sports Management, before beginning the pursuit of his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. According to LSU’s Sports Information Department, Temple is believed to be the first Division I student-athlete to complete undergraduate and Master’s degrees and begin the pursuit of a Doctorate while still eligible to play athletics.  Temple serves as the representative of the 6th Congressional District with a term that expires on December 31, 2026.

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

Interim Executive Director, Black Men's Research Institute

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985 and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and served for ten years. 

Presently, Kimbrough serves as the interim executive director of the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College. He was also named executive in residence for the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. In early 2022 he was appointed by President Joseph Biden to the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.  

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Recently he has emerged as one of the leaders discussing free speech on college campuses. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media. He was cited by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best Schools.org as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents. In 2020 College Cliffs named him as one of the 50 Top U.S. College And University Presidents, and in 2021 he was named a Georgia State University Alumni of the Year award winner. 

Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, and has served as an expert witness in a number if hazing cases. 

Asha Johnson

Director of Talent Strategy & DEI,Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Asha Johnson, is the Director of Talent Strategy & DEI for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. She is an accomplished HR professional with over 18 years of professional experience in operations, workforce development and DEI.

Asha has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Southern University & A&M College. She is HRCI Certified, a Certified Predictive Index Administrator and a Certified Performance/Talent Manager and Development Coach. She is also an active member of several HR related professional organizations.

Asha is a native of Shreveport, LA, who has resided in the East Baton Rouge Parish area for over 20 years. She is passionate about community service, workforce development and DEI.

Asha is a self certified “foodie” and enjoys travel and distance running.

Jason Bridges, MD

Urology Specialist

As a specialist in Urology, Jason Bridges, MD, is trained in the treatment of the female and male urinary tract as well as the male reproductive system. Additionally, Dr. Bridges focuses on robotic surgery for prostate cancer and minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).Dr. Bridges received an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he also lettered in Track and Field and Basketball. He went on to receive his Doctorate in Medicine and, later, completed his Urology residency training from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi. He is experienced in traditional, minimally invasive, and robotic surgeries of the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Dr. Bridges is board certified in Urology by the American Board of Urology and is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.When not practicing medicine, Dr. Bridges enjoys sports especially basketball and football. He is a big fan of the Saints and Pelicans and attends as many of their games as he can. He also enjoys running and traveling to visit friends.

Theron McCormick, MD

Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist, Our Lady of the Lake Health

Theron McCormick, MD is an allergist/immunologist, board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Dedicated to relationship-centered patient communication, he enjoys teaming up with patients and families as they battle allergic conditions and disorders of the immune system. Dr. McCormick received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency training at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston. He completed his Fellowship in allergy and immunology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. He is Board Certified in general pediatrics and allergy and immunology. Dr. McCormick treats pediatric patients in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, LA.

James Wright, MD

Resident Physical Therapist, St. Francis Medical Center

Dr. James Wright was born in Shreveport Louisiana. He attended Benton High School. He is a former student athlete at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. He received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from The University of Louisiana at Monroe. He furthered his education by pursuing both a graduate degree and a doctorate degree. He received his graduate degree in Exercise Science from The University of Louisiana at Monroe. He received his doctorate degree of Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

He has been married for 11 years to his wife Carmen. They have two children: Sloane (5), Roman (4).

He currently works as a Resident Physical Therapist for St Francis Medical Center within the Inpatient Rehab facility. He has worked in this position for the past 12 years.

He chose Physical Therapy as a profession because he has always been interested in the human body and how it moves. As a former student athlete rehab and recovery were a part of daily life. He enjoys taking the journey with people from injury to recovery. It is one of the most fulfilling parts of his life. In Physical Therapy it is a daily experience. He chose the inpatient rehab setting because he truly enjoys being in the hospital. Having Physicians and nursing staff present daily for patient updates and plan of care discussions is an invaluable resource. The St. Francis Medical Center Rehab Facility has a big focus on neurological deficits and injuries such as: strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, or anything that debilitates someone neurologically.

A future goal of his is to one day be in a leadership role in hospital administration at St. Francis Medical Center or at another organization. His wo

Charles L. “Chuck” Spicer, Jr., FACHE

Market President, Our Lady of the Lake Health

Charles L. “Chuck” Spicer, Jr., FACHE, joined Our Lady of the Lake as Market President in October 2022. Our Lady of the Lake is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is a part of its Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

Spicer previously served as President and CEO of Oklahoma University Medicine, a health system that encompasses OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital, OU Medical Center Edmond and OU Health Breast Health Network Edmond. Spicer worked at OU Medicine for 17 years, where he also served as CEO of The Children’s Hospital for five years and chief operating officer for OU Medical Center for two years before assuming his role as CEO of the health system.

Spicer brings with him close to 30 years of knowledge and experience in the field of healthcare administration and has a deep understanding of the emerging healthcare needs of a flagship medical center as well as a growing outpatient and physician clinic footprint. He is also familiar with the necessary elements of value-based care and population health as we continue to make a positive impact for families in Louisiana. He has a strong commitment to the areas he serves and has been active in his community, serving on the boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma, Ronald McDonald House and Oklahoma Hospital Association.

Chadwick Mayes, MD

Hospital Medicine, Our Lady of the Lake Health

Chadwick Mayes, MD, specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of illnesses in adults while in the hospital. Dr. Mayes received his Doctor of Internal Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Memorial-Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, Miss. Dr. Mayes also holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners and is a member of the American Medical Association.

Brandon Bonaparte Brown

United States Attorney, Western District of Louisiana

Brandon Bonaparte Brown is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana (WDLA).  Mr. Brown oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the WDLA.  The Western District consists of 42 of the State’s 64 parishes and geographically encompasses two-thirds of the State of Louisiana. Mr. Brown was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on November 15, 2021, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 7, 2021 and sworn in on December 10, 2021. 

U.S. Attorney Brown joined the Shreveport Criminal Division of the United States Attorney=s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney in November 2012.  Mr. Brown worked in the general crimes area and prosecuted a wide range of criminal offenses. He has tried multiple cases to jury verdict and most notably was trial counsel in United States v. Thomas Sanders, a multi-victim homicide case spanning multiple states, which culminated in the first death penalty verdict in the history of the WDLA.  In March 2017, U.S. Attorney Brown was appointed as the Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator for the district, charged with coordinating two task forces comprised of federal and state law enforcement agencies with the goal of investigating and prosecuting firearm and high-end violent crime organizations in the WDLA.  He left the office in March 2018 to accept a position in private practice and then rejoined the Shreveport Criminal Division in October 2018 as the Shreveport division Lead Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) attorney and the district’s violent crime coordinator.  

Mr. Brown began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Fourth Judicial District Attorney=s Office in Monroe, LA.  While serving in the felony division, he prosecuted a wide range of offenses including sex crimes, homicides, robberies, narcotics, and public corruption, while also handling any appeals related to his cases.  Most notably, U.S. Attorney Brown was trial counsel in State of Louisiana v. Edward L. Harris, a public corruption case in which the mayor of a municipality made improper payments to himself and town employees during his last days in office after losing reelection. He was also trial counsel in State of Louisiana v. Matt Banks, a “cold case,” revived after seven years, resulting in two life imprisonment sentences.   

U.S. Attorney Brown is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University holding a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems (2002) and a Master of Business Administration (2004).  He received his law degree from the Southern University Law Center in 2007, where he was the 1L class president, led the student recruitment committee, represented indigent defendants in the criminal clinical program, and served on the Moot Court Board.   

U.S. Attorney Brown grew up in Richwood, Louisiana and graduated from Ouachita Parish High School. He is involved in activities in his community and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Mount Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport.  

Duane A. Evans

United States Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana

Duane A. Evans was appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 1, 2021.  Similarly, Mr. Evans served as the United States Attorney, in both Interim and Acting capacities, from March 2017 to September 2018.  Mr. Evans joined the United States Attorney’s Office in August 2000 and was first assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit where he rose to the position of Unit Chief. In 2010, he became Chief of the Strike Force and Anti-Gang Unit. Thereafter, he had the honor of being selected to serve in multiple other leadership roles including, First Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division, Senior Litigation Counsel, and Leader of the Executive Unit.  During his career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Evans successfully prosecuted a wide variety of cases involving firearms, public corruption, violent crime, illegal narcotics trafficking, wire fraud, access device fraud, government theft, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act (RICO). Mr. Evans is a 2006 recipient of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team.  Mr. Evans also received the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award in 2016 for Outstanding Criminal Investigation (Harvey Hustlers prosecution). Mr. Evans received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1995 and received a B.S.E.E. from Tulane University School of Engineering in 1990. Mr. Evans clerked for Virgin Islands Superior Court Judge Ishmael A. Meyers (deceased). He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2000. He is a native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. 

Ron Gathe

United States Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana

Ronald C. Gathe, Jr., on December 13, 2021 after being
nominated by President Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the first
black U. S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. As the
chief federal law enforcement official in the district, Mr. Gathe is
responsible for enforcing the federal criminal laws, representing the
U.S. government in civil proceedings, and managing programs for
the community and state and local law enforcement to keep the
district safe. Mr. Gathe serves on the Attorney General’s Advisory
Subcommittees for Civil Rights and Terrorism and National
Security. In addition, he serves as the Executive Director for the
Center of Disaster Fraud. The mission of the National Center for
Disaster Fraud is to improve and further the prevention, detection,
investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and
manmade disasters and to advocate for victims of such fraud.
Previously, he served as the Chief of Trials for the 18th Judicial District, Office of the District Attorney, where he was responsible for training the assistant district attorneys and supervising all trials held in the district which encompasses West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee and Iberville Parishes. Also, Mr. Gathe was the first black Section Chief for the 19th Judicial District, Office of the District Attorney, where he was responsible for prosecuting a broad range of felony crimes including homicides, rapes, robberies, and other crimes of violence.
Mr. Gathe is a native of Baton Rouge where he attended St. Francis Xavier School and Catholic High of Baton Rouge. He received his Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and his Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center.
Upon graduating from law school, he worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable James Best in the 18th Judicial District. Mr. Gathe has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Southern University Law Center where he taught Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law and Trial Advocacy. He was also the supervisor of Southern University Law Center Externs who try actual cases through the District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Gathe was awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumni at Southern University Law Center.
Mr. Gathe has served as the First President of the Louisiana Black Prosecutors Association
which he helped establish. While President, Louisiana was awarded Chapter of the Year. He has also served as Regional Director, Vice President of Membership, and Treasurer of the National Black Prosecutors Association. He was acknowledged by the National Black Prosecutors
Association at the National Convention for having 15 years of experience as a prosecutor. He also received the NBPA President Special Recognition Award.

Support the Black Male Summit

The Black Male Summit could not be possible without our sponsors. Through donations to the University of Louisiana System Foundation, sponsors help us keep our commitment to invest in our students, faculty, and staff who are the future of Louisiana.



Become a part of the UL System family

Support our mission to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana's citizens.