Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Fall 2020 Series: Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Dear COSEBOC friends,

On behalf of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, I send my thanks to you again for your support of our recent spring and summer Virtual Gathering seminars. The series was a huge success, and it is because of your great attendance and enthusiastic feedback that I am pleased to announce the launch of our new COSEBOC Virtual Equity Seminar series for fall and winter 2020-2021. 

The focus of the series will be Equity, a concept that is especially important for those of us dedicated to the advancement of the social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of all underprivileged and underserved students, especially boys and young men of color.

The quest for equitable conditions in education and society is not a new one. In fact, fifty-two years ago, in the aftermath of widespread rioting fueled by racism, President Lyndon Johnson appointed the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders led by Otto Kerner, Governor of Illinois. Its mission was to recommend solutions designed to end racial injustice and advance societal equity.

The resulting document, the Kerner Report, revealed what many knew and others were to discover. It stated that our nation is "moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal." It also declared that unless we addressed the disparities exacerbating this situation, the nation was destined for continued polarization and racial violence that further widen the equity gap.

That was then and this is now. Inequitable conditions persist in our society. Racial injustice has become omnipresent. COSEBOC is committed to do all that we can to assist in closing the equity gap. To this end, we are committed to a new theme for our fall and winter virtual events. That theme title will be: Equity: Front, Center, and Fulfilled. 

I am pleased to announce our speakers for the next three months. On October 7, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius, An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, will be our first guest presenter. On November 12, Dr. Angela Ward, Founder of 2Ward Equity Consulting and Supervisor of Race and Equity Programs for the Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas, will present. Dr. Ward will be followed by Mr. Sharif El-Mekki on December 10. Sharif is the Chief Executive Officer for the Center for Black Educator Development. We are very excited about each dynamic speaker and the important information that they will share. 

The movement to disrupt and dismantle every vestige of systemic racial and cultural inequality remains our intentional and deliberate focus. The time to do this is now. Tomorrow is too late! I encourage you to join us on this journey. Registration procedures and further information about each speaker are forthcoming. 

Sincerely,

#VirtualGOL2020

More Details and Registration Forthcoming

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Past Speakers: Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Dr. Rhonda Bryant
Dr. Karen Mapp

Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Virtual Gathering of Leaders: May 28, 2020

Dr. Bettina Love: April 28, 2020

COSEBOC Virtual Gathering of Leaders