Arcadia University Professor and Executive Director of Black Male Development Symposium Invited to White House on June 13

BMD selected as one of the two lead communities in Philadelphia for the President’s 2012 Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour. 

Glenside, PA—June 12— Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Arcadia University, travels to the White House on Wednesday, June 13, as part of President Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative and kickoff of the inaugural tour of Fatherhood Buzz

During Father’s Day weekend, barbershops in eight cities (Albany, N.Y., Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.) are participating in Fatherhood Buzz, an initiative to support barbershops in connecting dads with local resources to help build strong families. 

Dr. Loury, founder and Executive Director of the Black Male Development Symposium ( was selected as one of the two lead community partners in Philadelphia for the President’s 2012 Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour. While at the White House, she will be attending the White House Champions of Change event and will be part of a national briefing and conversation celebrating exciting movements in the field of fatherhood and low income men.  

During the 7th Annual Black Male Development Symposium held at Arcadia on May 12, “Barber Shop Talk” was one of the symposium’s special events and featured local radio personalities E. Steven Collins (Radio One), Bill Anderson (“Wake Up with Bill” – 900AM WURD), and Al Butler (“The Night Al Show” – 900AM WURD), along with business owner Bruce Burton (PrettyBoyz Barber Shop), attorney and activist Michael Coard, Esq., and Philadelphia’s Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross. Burton’s barbershop is also one of the featured shops of the Fatherhood Buzz Tour. For more information about Fatherhood Buzz, call 877-4DAD-411 or visit Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (