Black Teen Symposium to Encourage Higher Education

African-American students from six local high schools will visit Harper College on Friday, February 15 for a Black Teen Symposium focused on inspiring them to pursue higher education and ensuring they'll be ready for it.

The event, running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, is timed to coincide with Black History Month.

It will feature a message from Sherlyn Dorsey, a Chicago-based motivational speaker and life mentor, and sessions on writing college essays, identifying career paths and applying for financial aid.

Tamara McClain, a Harper recruiting manager and the event's coordinator, said the symposium is designed to create a new generation of college-bound teenagers amid new U.S. Department of Education data that suggests African-American teens are less likely than their peers to graduate from high school.

"I hope the event will encourage our African-American students to really understand the importance of being college-ready, and to weigh out all their options before they graduate from high school," McClain said. "We want to see them pursue higher education, and see them succeed."

For more information, contact McClain at 847.925.6191 or

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159