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.


About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.