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Black Minds Matter

The Multicultural Student Affairs office will be hosting a free public course offered through San Diego State University, entitled "Black Minds Matter." The course is an 8-session series designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education.  Each meeting date will focus on a different theme.

The course is open to all faculty, staff and students. The desire is to have participants attend every date. However, if participants can only attend one session, that is fine. All sessions will be held in the Unity Room and lunch will be provided. Interested in learning more about the course? Download the course syllabus here: Black Minds Matter Course Syllabus (5,118kB)

There is limited availability. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to or call 989-964-7090, then identify which session or sessions you want to attend.

The themes and dates are as follows:

  • Linking Black Lives and Black Minds:  Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice:  Wednesday, Nov. 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Ascription of Intelligence:  Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Assumptions of Criminality:  Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes:  Tuesday, Nov. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning:  Wednesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Holistic Support for Black Male Learners:  Wednesday, Dec. 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research:  Wednesday, Dec. 13, noon to 1:30 p.m.

This course is offered in partnership with the Education Trust-West, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United, Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), and Our Scholarship Matters (OSM). As a result of their support, you will be part of a large community of learners who will be participating as individuals and at 130 broadcast sites throughout the nation. 

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