Extended Interview: Chris Cathcart on the Challenge of Keeping Black Men in College

Dec 22, 2014

Chris Cathcart is Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Black students make up less than ten percent of enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne. Of that population, many students face additional barriers to completing their degrees. 

Chris Cathcart is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, and heads their African American Male Initiative. The mentoring program takes a hands on approach to help some black students connect to the resources they need to succeed.

For WBOI's yearlong project The Difference, Cathcart spoke with WBOI's Virginia Alvino about the personal challenges of being a mentor, and what it's going to take to close the achievement gap for black and white college students. 

This is the latest installment in WBOI's yearlong project, "The Difference."

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