12th Annual Gathering of Leaders

12th Annual Gathering of Leaders: Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated​
May 29 - 31, 2018

Join Us in Boston for the 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders, May 2018

50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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The Boston Public Schools and My Brother’s Keeper Boston join COSEBOC in welcoming participants to the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel for the 12th Annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders focusing on “Boys & Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered & Educated.” Highlights will include:

Outstanding Speakers and Workshop Presenters

Exciting, informative, and engaging plenary speakers and workshop presenters are a hallmark of the COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders and our 12th Gathering will be no exception. Attendees will be inspired by our noted guest speakers and lecturers and will be able to choose from a wide range of innovative and culturally relevant workshop topics. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Christopher Emdin of Teachers College, Columbia University and Roberto Rivera, an award-winning artist, educator, and change agent. Emdin will serve as the Keynote Speaker on May 30 and Rivera will serve as the Keynote Speaker on May 31. Rivera will also present a special workshop during the Gathering. Check out Speakers & Presenters and Workshops

For Leaders Only Institute (Pre-Conference)

Formerly known as “For Principals Only”, this day-long institute will target leaders committed to improving the education of boys and young men of color. This convening will be facilitated by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, a nationally-recognized author and educator who has spent her career examining the pedagogical practices of teachers with proven success in the education of students of color. It will take place on the Pre-Conference day, May 29, 2018. Details and registration information for this session will be forthcoming. Learn more about the For Leaders Only Institute

Walk of Integrity

Each year, this event is one of the highlights of the COSEBOC Gathering. The pride and pageantry associated with this event both celebrate and display our young men of color as liberated, empowered, and educated.

Tours of High-Performing Schools (Pre-Conference)

Gathering participants will have the chance to visit high-performing schools in the Boston area to learn why these school stand out as places where boys and young men of color are excelling academically. School tours will take place on the Pre-Conference day, May 29, 2018. Learn more.

COSEBOC Young Men's Passage

During the 12th Annual Gathering of Leaders, COSEBOC will also convene young men of color from the region and across the country to participate in the Young Men’s Passage. During this two-day event, youth attendees will receive:

  • A positive and safe experience with age- and culturally-appropriate activities for young men of color seeking to become liberated, empowered, and educated
  • A destination where young men of color can contemplate their present and prepare for their future
  • Opportunities to participate in team-building activities and inspirational sessions that increase their motivation
  • A feeling of pride and position by serving each other’s curiosity and strivings for better
  • Belonging within an intergenerational community that understands the challenges and opportunities of young of color and is dedicated to solutions and problem-solving
  • Learn more and Register: Young Men's Passage

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