Dr. Eddy M. Regnier
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
On behalf of the Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, I would like to inform you that we will host a series of events entitled "A Day of Dialogue". The “Day of Dialogue” will focus on a specific research area that will include discussions on Education, Health & Families, Employment & Economics, and Criminal Justice & Crime Prevention. The first event will focus on Education and will take place in early 2015. The Council has received a commitment of participation from the Commissioner of Education and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. I will keep you informed as progress is made toward achieving these important milestones.
Created by the 2006 Florida Legislature, the Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is charged with conducting a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys. The Council remains committed to serving as a conduit for positive change in the lives of black males throughout the State of Florida. Annually, the Council produces a report to heighten awareness of those negative factors and highlight effective programs aimed at improving outcomes for this population. These annual findings are shared with the Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Attorney General, chairpersons of the standing committees of jurisdiction in each chamber and various other State and local stakeholders.
Recently, the Council has intentionally focused its efforts on researching strategies to decrease the drop-out rates, violent crime, the rate of incarceration and the negative health trends among the black male demographic. Accomplishments of the Council include:
- Multiple public forums hosted by the Council throughout the State of Florida to gather information from local citizens about various problems that confront black males
- The adoption of a 5-year Strategic and Operations Actions Plan to serve as a blueprint to focus on and systemically address the underlying conditions that affect the progress and success of black males throughout the State of Florida
- Collaboration with the statutorily identified entities to fill critical Council member vacancies
- Conducting continuous legal analysis of the Council’s statutory responsibilities to clearly identify its authority and to strengthen the Councils ability to formulate meaningful partnerships to accomplish its strategic goals
- Contracting with an experienced researcher charged with conducting research on specified topics that negatively impact black males. This research will assist the Council in developing policy recommendations and system changes that will positively impact black males in Florida
As the Council moves forward and with adequate funding, we will continue the process of researching and proposing solutions to the problems that prevent black males from achieving their full potential successfully. The Council appreciates your participation and continued support, and would like to hear from you. Please contact Tawanna Leven at (850) 414-3369 should you have questions or wish to make suggestions.
Eddy Regnier, Ph.D.
For information regarding the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, please contact:
Bureau of Criminal Justice Programs
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050