For Principals Only Session

COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders

Boys and Young Men of Color: 
Innovators, Creators and Game Changers
University of Texas | Austin, Texas  |  April 26-28, 2017 

COSEBOC is excited to extend you an invitation to our annual For Principals Only (FPO) session on April 26, 2017 at the 11th Annual Gathering in Austin, TX. This year’s theme, Boys and Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators, and Game Changers, presents key questions for us as a community:

  1. What does it mean to be a school leader who supports men and young boys of color?
  2. How can school leaders create and support initiatives that will lead to the emergence of game changers?
  3. How do issues related to race, gender and implicit bias impact our perceptions of boys and young men of color?

To support principals as they delve into these complex questions and design practices for their schools that support the emergence of game changers, we have created an interactive learning experience with DEEP's (Disruptive Equity Education Project) CEO/Founder Dr. Darnisa Amante. Dr. Amante will engage our leaders using DEEP's research-driven equity framework. During the 4-hour session, we will explore the adaptive and complex challenges of leading for racial equity.

Over the course of our time together, we will:

  1. Identify our individual purpose(s) in promoting equity and supporting boys/young men of color.
  2. Understand individual biases that often exist when working with boys and young men of color, and explore how these can create an immunity to change.
  3. Learn how to sustain efforts by identifying and enrolling others with whom we can partner, then working in collaboration as we reshape our existing organizational cultures so they align with our vision and mission, and design strategies related to racial equity.

FPO participants will have the option to attend a 90 minute follow-up workshop with Dr. Amante to plan for next steps on Thursday, April 27.

Dr. Darnisa Amante

Dr. Darnisa AmanteDr. Darnisa Amante, as an educational and racial equity strategist, is deeply committed to the study of culture; innovation; and experiential ways to transform organizational and school culture on issues of racial equity. Since earning her master’s degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University, and her doctorate from Harvard’s Educational Leadership Doctorate (Ed.L.D.), Dr. Amante has honed her expertise of culture and communities of color with school and organizational leaders to build capacity in racial equity, parent engagement and design and implementation of equity-based initiatives for leaders, students, and parents.

As the CEO of the Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP), Dr. Amante and her team support individuals and organizations using an innovative race and equity framework. This framework and its accompanying toolkit assists schools and organizations in their efforts to surmount the adaptive challenges that arise when working towards racial equity and creating teams that strive together for equitable outcomes. Dr. Amante believes that such challenges can be mitigated using one's purpose; storytelling; and by doing the deep inner work that makes tackling issues of equity, racial equity, and parent engagement so complex for individuals and teams. 

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Host Partners: 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders

AISDThe University of Texas at AustinHuston-Tillotson UniversityCity of Austin Executives Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color

Sponsors: Thank you for generously supporting this Gathering

Campaign for Black Male AcheivementAmerican Reading CompanyA Glimmer of Home AustinForward PromiseVerizon Innovative LearningTNTP SRI