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Black Student Success Week
27 Apr 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until 29 Apr 2022
The event, held across the California Community College system, is happening April 25-29. The theme is A Vision for Black Student Success: Creating a New Landscape to Succeed.
The week’s activities will be held virtually and include:
- Daily webinars from 12 – 1 p.m., called The Black Hour
- Daily group discussion forums from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., called The After Party
- A virtual advocacy day on Thursday, April 28, called The BlackOut
Webinars will be held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. Webinar registration is now open. To register, click on a webinar title below or visit www.linktr.ee/cablackstudents.
- Monday, April 25 – Beyond Mattering: Centering the Student Narrative
Black Student Success Week will open with welcoming remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and scholar Dr. Frank Harris. The Black Hour will include highlighted Black student success data presented by The RP Group and will conclude with a panel of students and faculty sharing an intergenerational conversation centering on the student narrative and moving beyond mattering.
- Tuesday, April 26 – No Leaks: Securing the Pipeline for Black Student Success
Many California Community Colleges are experiencing severe drops in enrollment, particularly among Black students. Enrollment in California Community Colleges has been steadily declining, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. During The Black Hour, we will learn more about the California Community Colleges’ enrollment decline and hear from K-12 professionals and leaders about their enrollment and strategies community colleges can implement to support the educational pipeline for Black students.
- Wednesday, April 27 – The Path to Transfer Success: A Clear Highway or a Traffic Jam
This webinar will focus on how we can improve support for student transfers from a California Community College to a CSU, UC, or HBCU. The Black Hour will open with a presentation from Dr. Darla Cooper of The RP Group, sharing data from the African American Transfer Tipping Point Study. A panel of administrators from California’s three higher education systems as well as an HBCU will discuss the history of transfer for Black and African American students at each of their respective systems. The practitioner’s perspective will also be explored by two transfer center directors/coordinators who will discuss their hands-on approach to supporting our Black and African American students with their transfer goals. Finally, we will conclude with a testimonial from a student, who will share their transfer experience and what was instrumental in their bachelor’s degree completion.
- Thursday, April 28 – Transforming Black Student Success through Courageous State Leadership
California Legislative Black Caucus Chair and Senator Steven Bradford will begin our advocacy and policy discussion with opening remarks. The webinar will include a presentation by Dr. Christopher Nellum, Executive Director of The Education Trust-West, highlighting recent research around Black student access, success, and affordability in higher education and the evidence-based best practices and state policies we should advocate for. The Black Hour will conclude with a panel of state legislators and partners on what they envision for higher education in California as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and explore ways to uplift Black students and communities through intentional policy.
- Friday, April 29 – Using Radical Action: Showing Up as Your Authentic Self
Black Student Success Week will conclude with a panel discussion on authenticity told from the Black faculty perspective. The Black Hour will provide a space to amplify Black faculty voices in our system. Panelists will share examples of how they have navigated a system not set up for African Americans to succeed and examples of how to actualize anti-racism through radical action. The discussion will center around acknowledging the harm and understanding the next steps in taking responsibility to move toward transformative action that intentionally and authentically creates environments that embrace and support Black excellence.
Black Student Success Week is organized in partnership with the following organizations: A2MEND, Umoja Community Education Foundation, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The Education Trust-West, the Equity Avengers, The RP Group, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.