For centuries, demands for a new social order free from violence, harm, and racial inequality have resounded throughout this country. In the wake of several police killings of unarmed Black people, grassroots organizers have called for the abolition of the institutions that perpetuate terror in the lives of vulnerable people. In this session, Dr. DeMarcus Jenkins will offer a meditation on abolitionist praxis and center visions of possibility and progress for a better tomorrow.
Intercultural competence is essential to creating inclusive educational cultures that retain diverse students and employees. The challenge of retaining and hiring diverse faculty talent is critical for academic institutions. In this session, best practices will be presented to address this issue.
Community Building in the Barrio: Young People Leading the Way after HB3979
A My Brother's Keeper chapter in Ft Worth ISD decided to take a unique approach in creating a "Brave Space" for young people in response to the passing of the HB3979 law. The law impacts how teachers can teach the history of our country and the state of Texas. The chapter's MBK coaches decided to review some of the latest research to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year. The results have been positive. The session will highlight some of the approaches used to educate the young boys about their heritage, pivot some efforts from the classroom to the barrio, and actively prepare the boys to counter the typical challenges leading to "cultural sidelining." One effort the boys brought to the forefront to push for positive social change was the arts.