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Black Minds Matter Course

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Extended University Commons (EU) 101

Faculty and staff at CSUN have an opportunity to come together this semester to participate in an 8-week series focused on issues facing Black male students and research-based strategies for improving their success.

The experience is centered around a webinar series offered by San Diego State University called Black Minds Matter, which aims to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education.

How does the series work?

CSUN faculty and staff who wish to participate will meet on eight Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm, beginning October 25th. You may join the series at any time, and attend any or all of the meetings.

From 2 to 3 pm we will watch that week’s Black Minds Matter webinar recording.  Then, from 3 to 4 pm participants will discuss how what they learned from the webinar can be applied in the work they’re doing in their classes, departments, programs and colleges.

What is the Black Minds Matter webinar series?

The webinars we’ll watch each week are recordings of Dr. Luke Wood’s (Professor of Education, San Diego State University) graduate seminar called Black Minds Matter.  The class meets on Monday nights and the first hour and a half is open to the public, streamed live, and recorded.  The recording is available to subscribing campuses beginning on Wednesdays, when our campus will view it. 

Each week, Dr. Wood will begin the class by providing an overview of the topic.  Then, he’ll introduce the guest speakers and interviewees, who will discuss their research. Among the guests are Patrisse Cullers, Shaun Harper, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Tyrone Howard, Ilaysah Shabbazz, and Pedro Noguera.   

Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Dr. Wood serves as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color.

For more information about Dr. Wood's course, including the weekly speaker schedule and recommended readings, select this link.

What are the benefits of participating in CSUN’s Black Minds Matter Community?

  • Learn about issues facing Black male students and research-based strategies for improving their success.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing strategies to improve the success of Black male students in your own work.
  • Become a member of a community of faculty and staff who are dedicated to improving educational equity at CSUN.

How do I participate? 

First, please select the registration link above so we can order enough coffee and reserve a larger room if necessary.  Next, come to our eight Wednesday meetings from 2 to 4 pm.  Dates and topics are below.

  • October 25: Linking Black Lives and Black Minds (Bayramian Hall 101)
  • November 1: Foundations of Black Research and Practice (Education 1214)
  • November 8: Ascription of Intelligence (Education 1214)
  • November 15: Assumptions of Criminality (Education 1214)
  • November 29: Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes (Education 1214)
  • December 6: Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning (Bayramian Hall 101)
  • December 13: Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (Extended University 101)
  • December 20: Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research (Extended University 101)