The Honorable Michael L. Williams, former TEA Commissioner and UNT Dallas’ Distinguished Leader-in-Residence, shared valuable insight with North Texas educators and community leaders Monday, May 15, 2017, as the keynote speaker at Cedar Valley College's Pipeline and Pathways Conference. The conference provided attendees with best practice strategies to successfully retain African American males, thus promoting equity through education.

Williams’ speech focused on the importance of promoting an entrepreneurial spirit among students, and encouraging them to take risks for success.

The conference was part of Cedar Valley College’s Pipeline & Pathways (P2) program geared toward increasing the academic success of African American Males through increased access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs at the College. Students participating in the Pipeline & Pathways (P2) program receive a number of benefits such as tutoring, mentoring, STEM summer boot camps, financial and life skills coaching, and an opportunity to participate in internships/externships.