GOL19: Welcome Letter from Ron Walker

February 2019

Dear COSEBOC Friends, 

It is hard to believe thirteen years have passed since the first Gathering of Leaders brought a small group of school leaders together to ask a critical question: what must we do to save our sons?

As I look back over the years, I am appreciative of the progress that we have made to influence positive change for boys and young men of color. That first Gathering was instrumental in launching the COSEBOC Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color and for developing the mission which has become familiar to those who follow us.  The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys and Young Men of Color promotes the affirmative social, emotional, cultural and academic development of boys and young men of color.

Each year brings new strategies and improvements to our Standards and Practices.  New ideas and methodologies target issues more precisely; new research updates and improves our understanding and success.  

We are excited to bring the 13th Annual Gathering of Leaders to the great city of Detroit. This convening, taking place on May 8-10, 2019, will be anchored to the theme: Boys and Young Men of Color: Ready to Learn, Honored to Serve, Destined to Lead. We will have the opportunity to raise and respond to this essential question: what will we do to empower the learning, serving, and leading futures of our boys and young men of color?

If you have attended a COSEBOC Gathering before you know that it is not just a conference. The Gathering resembles a reunion with a spirit that is refreshing and reviving.  For the first time attendee, expect quality workshops, passionate presenters, a powerful student presence, and an opportunity to build new peer relationships. Our intention is to provide you with the mission fuel necessary to accelerate all efforts in service of the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of boys and young men of color.

This welcome letter officially opens the Call for Workshops for the 13th Annual Gathering of Leaders. Please also follow the regular social media and eblast communications that will update you on Gathering details.

I look forward to seeing you in Detroit!

Ron Walker