All Arundel Middle School boys were expected to attend a Man Up Summit today to address self-empowerment and empowerment, according to a flier sent to parents. Other activities have been planned for female students at the school.
The activities were seen as a victory for Arundel Middle parents who said they worried students had been kept from participating.
Principal Shawn Ashworth said Man Up has never been exclusive.
The meetings have been open to students of other races, Ashworth said. “But there’s been a focus.”
The focus, Ashworth said, is addressing disparities in disciplinary referrals and testing performance among African-American students. The Man Up group was meant to bring in male role models to talk with students.
“It provides young men with outside people who talk about what it means to be a successful man in society,” she said.