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Black minds matter

CDAIE and the LOFT are partnering to host the Black Minds Matter public course that will feature an eight-week webinar series beginning on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 4-6 pm.  We will replay the session at weekly workshops, and a Mesa faculty member will facilitate a guided discussion with questions provided by the Black Minds Matter Course Instructor, Dr. J. Luke Wood.

BLACK MINDS MATTER: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education
The course addresses the experiences and realities of Black males in education, drawing parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom. The course will balance a discussion of issues facing Black male students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success.

 The goals of the workshops are to:

  • Learn and share research-based practices to better serve one of our student groups that experiences equity gaps on campus.
  • Reaffirm our understanding that all students benefit from the ongoing refinement of equitable practices.
  • Provide a forum for administrators, faculty, staff, and students to discuss the complexities of student success and equity.

BMM Course Site
Dr. Luke Wood’s YouTube Channel
Black Minds Matter Syllabus

October 26, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 1– Linking Black Lives and Black Minds
Speaker: Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
Interviewee: S. Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney
Speaker: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matters

November 2, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 2 – Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice
Speaker: Frank Harris III, San Diego State University
Interviewee: Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California

November 9, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 3 – Ascription of Intelligence
Speaker: Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University
Interviewee: Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University

November 16, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 4 – Assumptions of Criminality
Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard, University of California Los-Angeles
Interviewee: Pedro Noguera, University of California Los-Angeles
Speaker: Nesha Savage, San Diego City College

November 30, 4:00pm - 6:00 pm, LRC 435
WEEK 5 - Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes   
Speaker: Terrell L. Strayhorn, DoGoodWork LLC
Interviewee: James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University

December 7, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 6 – Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning
Speaker: Ilyasah Shabazz, Educator & Daughter of Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
Speaker: Chance Lewis, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Interviewee: Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images

December 14, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, LRC 435
WEEK 7 – Holistic Support for Black Male Learners
Speaker: Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Interviewee: Robert T. Palmer, Howard University
Speaker: Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United

January 11 or 18 (TBD), 4:00pm - 6:00pm , LRC 435
WEEK 8 – Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research
Interviewee: Ivory Toldson, Howard University
Speaker: Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Interviewee: Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison