SUNY Canton Invites Community to Watch Virtual Scholarly Activities Celebration Keynote


Lavon WilliamsSUNY Canton’s Virtual Scholarly Activities Celebration kicks off Monday, April 13, with a virtual keynote speech by SUNY Canton alumnus and motivational speaker LaVon Williams, Ph.D., class of 1999.

Williams will speak at 5 p.m. (EST) via Zoom video conferenceHe is the founder and president of the non-profit organization The Men of the Tenth, whose mission is to teach high school and college students to become the next generation of leaders.

As a college administrator at Union City College and adjunct professor at Montclair State University, Williams’ scholarly research aims to better understand, and offer solutions to, the unique challenges of male African American students.

Growing up in the Bronx, Williams encountered his own hurdles to education: poverty, violence, and a failing school system.

While attending SUNY Canton to receive his associate degree, he found a supportive network of faculty and staff who helped him succeed. He eventually went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Mass Media from SUNY Plattsburgh, a master’s degree in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.

He said he began Men of the Tenth almost 20 years ago to “use history and hip-hop to educated students on how to achieve their dreams.”

To learn more, visit Men of the Tenth.


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Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.