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MCC to host free public course “Black Minds Matter”


Black Minds Matter
Black Minds Matter

Mott Community College will Host “BLACK MINDS MATTER: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education,” a free, online, eight-part public course, taught by Professor J. Luke Wood from San Diego State University (SDSU) on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 23 in the auditorium of the Regional Technology Center on the main campus in Flint.

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Black Minds Matter 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.

Sessions will include commentary from Wood as well as guest lectures, speeches, and interviews with key leaders in the field. Guest speakers and interviewees include:
• Patrisse Cullers, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter
• Shaun Harper, Clifford & Betty Allen Professor, University of Southern California
• Tyrone Howard, Professor of Urban Education, University of California, Los- Angeles
• Frank Harris III, Professor of Postsecondary Education, San Diego State University
• Terrell Strayhorn, Professor & Founder/CEO, DoGoodWork LLC
• Fred A. Bonner, Professor & Endowed Chair, Prairie View A&M University
• Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Professor of Community College Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign
• Chance Lewis, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
• Jawanza Kunjufu, Founder of African American Images
• Ivory Toldson, Former Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Professor, Howard University
• Kimberly Griffin, Associate Professor of Higher Education - Student Affairs, University of Maryland
• James L. Moore III, Executive Director for the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male & Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

The public version of this course represents the first hour of the actual Black Minds Matter course that is offered by the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). After the first hour, the course is closed off to students enrolled in SDSU Ed.D. and Joint Ph.D. programs who will be attending class in-person.

Partnering organizations include: The Education Trust-West, CBMA, MOBB United-Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Our Scholarship Matters, and the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement.

Course Schedule:
WEEK 1 – 10/23/17 – Linking Black Lives and Black Minds
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Pacific Time
Speaker: Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
Interviewee: S. Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney
Speaker: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matters

WEEK 2 – 10/30/17- Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Frank Harris III, San Diego State University
Interviewee: Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California

WEEK 3 – 11/06/17- Ascription of Intelligence
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University
Interviewee: Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University

WEEK 4 – 11/13/17- Assumptions of Criminality
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard, University of California Los-Angeles
Interviewee: Pedro Noguera, University of California Los-Angeles
Speaker: Nesha Savage, San Diego City College

WEEK 5 – 11/20/17- Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Terrell L. Strayhorn, DoGoodWork LLC
Interviewee: James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University
Interviewee: Kimberly A. Griffin, University of Maryland

WEEK 6 – 11/27/17- Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
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

WEEK 7 – 12/04/17- Holistic Support for Black Male Learners
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Speaker: Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Interviewee: Robert T. Palmer, Howard University
Speaker: Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United

WEEK 8 – 12/11/17- Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research
Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Interviewee: Ivory Toldson, Howard University
Speaker: Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Interviewee: Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison

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