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Session 1: COSEBOC Virtual Institute – The BERC Report and Beyond

Session 1: COSEBOC Virtual Institute – The BERC Report and Beyond

Thursday, September 30, 2021

4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT | Info Session (30mins)
The Uncommon Core: Standards & Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

4:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm PT | Discussion and Working Session (90 mins)
“Counseling, Psychological, and Mental Health Services: The Black Education Research Collective (BERC) report and beyond”featuring Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford, Associate Professor of Education Leadership and Director of the Black Education Research Collective at Teachers College, Columbia University and Shawn Ginwright, PhD, Professor of African Studies at San Francisco State University, and founder of Flourish Agenda, an organization dedicated to healing centered engagement for youth and adults of color.


This session will be hosted by our charismatic youth emcees: Ajani Patterson, a business economics major at Connecticut College and Romero Wesson, a business major at Los Medanos College, owner of Wesson and Partners Real Estate Investment Firm, and a member of the Kingmakers of Oakland’s Board of Directors.

Included in Thursday’s program will be a presentation on the COSEBOC Standards by Gene Thompson-Grove who is a consultant, facilitator, and coach of transformational learning for equity and excellence and Jamila Sams who is an educator and the Founder/CEO of Go to Ms.Sams Consulting Services.

This session will also feature a conversation with Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford and Dr. Shawn Ginwright. You won’t want to miss out on their insightful discussion about counseling, psychology, and mental health services.

In preparation for the first part of this online series, here is an overview of the flow of the session:

Agenda at a Glance

COSEBOC 2021 Virtual Institute, Part I
Thursday, September 30th
4:00pm-6:00pm ET

  • Emcees: Ajani Patterson and Romero Wesson
  • Gathering and Kick-off
  • COSEBOC Standards Overview
  • Counseling, Psychological and Mental Health Services with
    Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford and Dr. Shawn Ginwright
  • Breakout Sessions and Report Out

COSEBOC Virtual Institute

Towards a Standard of Exemplary Care

The 2021 COSEBOC Virtual Institute: Toward a Standard of Exemplary Care for Boys and Young Men of Color is a 4-part, online series of practitioner and partner convenings focused on reopening schools more intentionally and equitably for boys and young men of color.

The series will take place between September and December 2021. Be sure to learn more and register for additional sessions:

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4