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Black Youth Guidance Forum Spring 2021

Black Youth Guidance Forum: Spring 2021

Welcome to the 6th Annual Black Youth Guidance Forum

The theme for this year's event is Redesigning the New Normal in Education: A Health Imperative.

On this page are the links for all the BYGF activities and speaker bios. In order to participate in the sessions listed below you will need to use Zoom, CSUN’s video and web conferencing tool. Zoom is available to all CSUN students, faculty, and staff. Please visit CSUN Zoom webpage to get started. If you are not a part of the CSUN campus community, but would like to participate in the event, you will need to install the Zoom Desktop Client or Mobile App. Both of these options are available for FREE on the Zoom Download webpage.

Please feel free to join our virtual networking room while you wait for your session to start!


Welcome/Introduction

Professor Cedric Hackett

Dr. Cedric Hackett

Dr. Cedric Hackett's Bio.



Featured Guests

Dean Yan Searcy

Dean Yan Searcy
CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dean Searcy's Bio

Dean Shari Tarver Behring

Dean Shari Tarver Behring
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
Dean Tarver Behring's Bio

Shiva Parsa, Director CSUN EOP

Shiva Parsa
Director, CSUN Educational Opportunity Programs
Shiva Parsa's Bio

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Yvette Jackson

Dr. Yvette Jackson

Dr. Yvette Jackson's Bio.



About This Session

Actualizing Equity Consciousness: The Emancipation of Excellence

What would happen to the efficacy and determination of students of color if the primary, required imperative of schools was to “gift” ALL students with practices that pushed them to the “frontier of their intelligence”, engaged their strengths and optimized their innate potential for high intellectual performances, self-determination, and personal contribution? Their propensity for excellence would be emancipated! In this keynote, Yvette Jackson presents the cognitive and neuroscience that substantiates the theory behind equity consciousness that explains that when ALL students (especially students of color) are in Communities of Belonging in which they feel they can affiliate, are valued for their strengths, and cultural frames of references, and are “gift-ed” with High Operational Practices™ that elicit their potential for high intellectual performances and mitigate for the impact of racial othering, they are emancipated to demonstrate their propensity for excellence, thereby nullifying racialized myths.
(30 min)

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Handouts for this Session

7 High Operational Practices™ (.pdf)

General Session

Dr. Joyce Watts

Dr. Joyce Watts

Dr. Joyce Watts' Bio.



About this Session

Equity and Empowerment in Education: Moving Black Excellence from the Margins to the Center

If ever there were a time when a Village needed to rally around Black youth, we are that Village and now is that time! The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the wellbeing of our young people and families – physical, emotional, mental – from food and housing insecurity, social isolation, distance learning, trauma, and depression as witnesses to unchecked anti-Black violence and more. As African American students return to school, persistent inequities may worsen. It’s critical that we unify now around a systemic “education vaccination” advancing Black Excellence to finally move our youth from margin to center and implement strategies we know will fortify their social, emotional, and academic development.

The Forum is our opportunity to build cross-sector collaboration for a “new normal in education,” grounded in research-based practices and guided by the Sankofa question: “What would the Ancestors do?” Our students need us to become the vibrant Village that revives their spirits and unlocks their genius, so they reach ambitious goals for P-12, higher ed, career and life, in service to justice and peace. In this session, we will connect across schools, colleges, home, and community, affirming both heritage and vision so Black youth are infused with joy, truth, confidence, belonging, healing, purpose and hope to ensure they recuperate and thrive.
(50 minutes)

Ed Track K-5

Dr. Lester Powell, LAUSD

Dr. Lester Powell

Dr. Powell's Bio.



About This Session

How to Stay Healthy in the Midst of two Social Pandemics?

Come and discuss how we can work with our youngest learners to deal with staying healthy during COVID 19 but also how to stay healthy during the war on black lives. Let’s discuss strategies that will prepare learners for the micro aggressions that they may face both inside as well as outside the classroom. Come, participate, and share in the learning.
(50 min)

Ed Track 6-12

Geni Cobb

Geni Cobb

Geni Cobb's Bio.



About This Session

Next Step Up: College Advancement Through the High School Years

This workshop is designed for students who would like to advance in college credit by taking courses at the community college level while attending high school or middle school. All participants are welcomed.
(50 min)

Ed Track Parent Advocacy

Fluke Fluker

Fluke Fluker

Fluke Fluker's Bio.



About This Session

Opportunities of Redefining the New Norm for Educational Black Excellence on the Other side of Covid 19

The educational challenges that we faced prior to COVID 19 and its persistence gap widening history in every negative measure has potentially just multiplied while at the same time presenting the possibility of new strategies of unleashing our young Black scholars’ gifts and talents. Utilizing technology and virtual spaces has cut the tether of traditional schooling. Recognizing what a healthy outcome looks and feels like especially coming out of an unhealthy and hostile environment of micro and macro aggressions birthed from a legacy of slavery. Jim Crow esquire laws, racist institutions and white supremacist thinking embedded in the air we ALL breathe. Recognizing the many arms of this octopus like beast, Mr. Fluker will direct his experiences of healthy outcomes from the eyes of a public secondary school teacher who got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Fasten your seats belts as oxygen masks will deploy, for truth will be unleashed!
(50 min)

Ed Track Leadership

Dr. Frankie Augustin

Dr. Frankie Augustin

Dr. Frankie Augustin's Bio.

Dr.Kacie Blackman

Dr. Kacie Blackman

Dr. Kacie Blackman's Bio.



About This Session

Using the Classroom to Unpack Media Violence

This interactive workshop will facilitate an engaging discussion on the public health effects of media violence and cultural appropriation on Black and African American students. Our purpose for this workshop is to share culturally relevant and responsive strategies to inspire dynamic dialogue with your students. Our goals are three-fold: 

  1. To improve depth of communication on this topic between you, your students, and their peers 
  2. To guide your students to discuss how the media’s perpetuation of stereotypes is affecting their health 
  3. To decrease chances of stress-related illness through the healthy experience of discussion 

    (50 min)

Ed Track K-5

Dr. Lester Powell, LAUSD

Dr. Lester Powell

Dr. Powell's Bio.



About This Session

How to Stay Healthy in the Midst of two Social Pandemics?

Come and discuss how we can work with our youngest learners to deal with staying healthy during COVID 19 but also how to stay healthy during the war on black lives. Let’s discuss strategies that will prepare learners for the micro aggressions that they may face both inside as well as outside the classroom. Come, participate, and share in the learning.
(50 min)

Ed Track 6-12

Amore Jackson

Amore Jackson

Amore Jackson's Bio.



About This Session

Virtual Learner: The Black Child and the Effects of Distance Learning

To educate how black youth are affected during the pandemic while undergoing distance learning. This workshop looks at the multiple factors that contribute to the destruction or buildup of black youth’s academic success while online. As educators, we must create strategies to close the achievement gap for African American youth, so they continue to strive for higher education.
(50 min)

Parent Advocacy

Dr. Frankie Augustin

Dr. Frankie Augustin

Dr. Frankie Augustin's Bio.

Dr.Kacie Blackman

Dr. Kacie Blackman

Dr. Kacie Blackman's Bio.



About This Session

How to Unpack Media Violence at Home

This interactive workshop will facilitate an engaging discussion on the public health effects of media violence and cultural appropriation on Black and African American students. Our purpose for this workshop is to share culturally relevant and responsive strategies to inspire dynamic dialogue with your children. Our goals are three-fold: 

  1. To improve depth of communication on this topic between you, your children, and their peers 
  2. To guide your children to discuss how the media’s perpetuation of stereotypes is affecting their health 
  3. To decrease chances of stress-related illness through the healthy experience of discussion 

    (50 min)

ED TRACK LEADERSHIP

Dr. Portia Jackson Preston

Dr. Portia Jackson Preston

Dr. Jackson Preston's Bio.



About This Session

Mindfulness in Leadership

In this session, participants will discuss best practices for leaders to promote well-being and sustainable performance within their organization. This session will be customized to be responsive to current events in our sociopolitical climate at the time of this conference. Provided resources will address trauma-informed practices geared towards the needs of staff, as well as tools to support self-care in the professional context.
(50 min)

Featured Speakers

Solomon Shujaa, Golden Aya

Solomon Shujaa, Golden Aya
Solomon Shujaa's Bio

Ajana Shujaa

Azana Shujaa, Golden Aya
Azana Shujaa's Bio

Leonard Clifton

Leonard Clifton, Author
Leonard Clifton's Bio



About This Session

Real Black Men Read Literacy Project

The DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement is working with Golden Aya foundation and Leo Clifton (One Universe) to develop, plan, and implement the Real Black Men Read literacy project to local schools (k-5) and in Arusha, Tanzania. Golden Aya provides afterschool program for African youth, in English, and STEAM programs, for which we will coordinate. Leonard Clifton of One Universe will provide books (The Last Prince of Atlantis), which is science fiction and fantasy in the contemporary. Black youth will be able to imagine themselves in the novels. Other age-appropriate books will be vetted to include in the virtual library. Afrofuturism informs this process.
(45min)

Health Advocacy Session

UCLA Stroke Force Logo: White background, red line drawing of brain with words UCLA Stroke Force

Leia Salongo, UCLA Stroke Force

Stroke Force Website



About This Session

UCLA Stroke Force

Listeners will learn about what a stroke is, how they happen in the body, and treatable risk factors for stroke. Attendees will also learn how to recognize these symptoms, as well as typical treatments given to stroke patients.

Stroke Force is a group of UCLA undergraduate research students that work in the Emergency Department at Ronald Reagan Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Sidney Starkman. We work closely with a special team of doctors called the Brain Attack Team. By enrolling eligible stroke patients into clinical trials, we try to find and test the best possible treatments for stroke victims and survivors. But most importantly, our ultimate goal is to educate the community about stroke signs and symptoms, promoting stroke prevention.
(40 min)



What you need to know about a stroke brochure (.pdf)