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Diversity and Inclusion
100 N. University Drive
NUC Box 321
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: 405-974-5946

Stevie Johnson, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Diversity Retention

Black Male Summit

Keynote Speakers

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Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. The creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller,  For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too. Emdin was named the 2015 Multicultural Educator of the Year by the National Association of Multicultural Educators and has been honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House under President Obama. In addition to teaching, he served as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the US Department of Energy.

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Lawrence Ware is Co-Director of the Center for Africana Studies and Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. He is a contributing writer to Slate Magazine, The New York Times and The Root. He has been a commentator on race and politics for the Canadian Broadcasting Channel, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TV One. Lawrence has taught and lectured across the country on issues ranging from race to economic policy. He organizes the Critical Conversations series, which hosts a number of events on the OSU campus related to race, gender, and religion. He is the editor of the upcoming book The Young C.L.R. James to be published in April by PM Press.

Workshop Presentations

Title: The Value of a Dollar
Name: True Sky Credit Union
Room: 314 (Henry Bellmon)
Abstract: Managing money is hard, being in debt and not having a
budget can make your life harder. Through this interactive seminar,
students will understand how to budget through a realistic activity with
handling money and an actual budget. There will be helpful tools and
tips for managing and maintaining your budget to achieve financial
success in the future.

Title: Effective Teaching with a Global Mindset
Name: Dr. Fred Hammond
Room: 326 (Heritage Room)
Abstract: While it’s important for parents to help prepare their children
for the global marketplace, educators play an equally important role in
developing cross-cultural competency and knowledge. Teachers with
global perspectives can help foster increased cultural understanding
and support more young people to think, act and live as global citizens.
All educators in this session will be properly trained and prepared to
teach all subjects through a global lens, not just social studies and
language, in order to help prepare students to compete and thrive in
the global marketplace.

Title: How to Stop Eclipsing their Moonlight: A Teacher’s
Reflective Practice/Toolkit to continue Healthy Identity
Development in Black Boys
Name: Turner Cooper
Room: 326 (Heritage Room)
Abstract: This session is geared toward educators who would like to
dive deeper and discuss how their identity and implicit biases effect
(consciously and subconsciously) the work we do with our students
on a daily basis. This session will focus on the value of AAVE (African-
American Vernacular English) through identity development of black
boys and when not valued the effects that linguistic violence evokes
upon black people, in particular, black boys. This session is going to
rooted in a place of love, trust, and safety/bravery. We will talk openly
about our experiences with our identity, cultural competency, and how
they support and/or impede the relationships we build with black
students, in particular, black boys.

Title: What is #BLACKBOYJOY?
Name: Dr. Rodney Bates, Miles Kelly & DJ Williams
Room: 421 (Will Rogers Room)
Abstract: We are currently living in one of many critical times in
America’s history. We are living in times where it is commonplace for
hashtags to be created to remember black women and men that have
died at the hand of authority figures. We are living in times where the
narrative of the black male experience can be described as anything but
joyful. Thus witnessing #BlackBoyJoy is truly rare and a much-needed
break from the tragic headlines and hashtags. Society is very critical
of black males and limits the spaces they occupy and emotions they
express. Through this presentation, it is our goal to celebrate the idea
that black men can be happy, too. To encompass what it means to move
beyond traditional frames of masculinity and to deconstruct dominant
narratives of what is means to be a black male. Black males must have
an understanding of black male patriarchy and toxic-masculinity among
black males to truly embody #BlackBoyJoy.

Title: Bandwidth Recovery – How you can help yourself to
regain cognitive resources lost to poverty, racism, and other
Name: Dr. Cia Verschelden
Room: 304
Abstract: Many students arrive at college with depleted mental
bandwidth for learning and academic success due to the negative
effects of economic insecurity and discrimination and hostility against
non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or
gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Some of these sociopsychological
underminers are stereotype threat, micro-aggressions
and belongingness uncertainty. Recognizing that Black male students
– you – are no different than other students in cognitive capacity, and
understanding that learning can be hindered by limited attentional
resources, called bandwidth, you can be proactive in using strategies,
both inside and outside the classroom, that might help you recover
bandwidth so you can be academically successful.

It Was All a Dream: Goal Setting for a Hip Hop Generation
Name: Lauren Whiteman
Room: 320B
Abstract: This workshop will facilitate meaningful goal setting by
helping students use hip hop as a lens through which they see the world
and make meaning out of experiences. During the workshop students
will discuss various elements that play a role in their persistence
through the higher educational setting by using various elements of hip
hop in their storytelling. By allowing them to take ownership of their
experiences, students will navigate identity, community and ambition,
all on their own terms.

Good Kid, M.A.A.D. (Mental Awareness and Development)
City: An Illmatic Guide to Discuss Hip Hop and Mental
Name: Carl Patterson
Room: 320C
Abstract: It is not uncommon for hip-hop to come under scrutiny for
perpetual and derogatory stereotypes towards women and an overall
glorification of criminal activities, violence and wealth. However, the
lyrics often reveal much more by giving hints of distress, trauma and
neglect; but also of aspiration. This presentation aims to use hip-hop
as a vessel to discuss mental health within the black community with
a strong focus on black males to bring awareness and the ability to
recognize signs of mental illness within themselves and others. Also,
time will be spent teaching the importance of reaching out for support
while working to remove any stigmas and psychological restraints
affiliated with the adversities facing the black community that prohibit
openness and apprehension towards seeking treatment.

#NotAnObject : Counteracting the Sexualization of Women
Using Social Media Health
Name: Christina Kyles
Room: 312
Abstract: Almost everywhere you turn there is an image of a woman
being hyper-sexualized. Although technology advances rapidly, there is
slow progress being made to end the business of objectifying women
(i.e., slavery, human trafficking.) Session attendees will discuss the ways
women are objectified in the media, and as a group, we will begin to
challenge this by sending messages on social media advocating for
gender equality through the appropriate portrayal of women.

Create & Own: I Found My Voice Through Hip Hop
Name: Jacobi Isham
Room: 300
Abstract: “Create & Own: The Value of Hip Hop, Creating, and Self-
Awareness” discusses self-awareness in hip-hop and likens the human
struggle with self-identity to a hip-hop artist’s artistic journey when
creating. The workshop will discuss the obstacles to self-awareness
and the results - both short term and long term - of our decisions
in response to those obstacles. In the end, the goal is to inspire
awareness of our own value, highlight the role of self-awareness in
personal development and suggest the act of creating as a catalyst to
increased self-awareness resulting in personal liberation.

4:44 Dissecting Black Male Mental Health
Name: Jordan Broiles & LaVonya Bennett
Room: 201
Abstract: The purpose of the presentation is to address the rhetoric
centered around black males seeking therapeutic counseling.
In Jay-Z’s interview with The New York Times Style Magazine,
he expressed his liberation from the encounters he has had in his
life by attending therapeutic counseling. Black males statistically
have been shown to be oblivious to the notion of mental health.
Psychosocial factors, such as poverty, lack of access to services, fragile
masculinity and the miseducation centered on mental health
within the African American households, are some of the reasons
attributed to the underuse of counseling services. In utilizing the
Critical Race Theory, the goal is to intersect hip-hop pedagogy and
reality pedagogy while dissecting the Jay-Z interview to provide a
space that will encourage black males to understand the severity of
mental health and seek therapeutic counseling.

Are We Still Slaves? An Examination of the History and
Reincarnation of Slavery in the US
Name: Kayla Storrs
Room: 202
Abstract: It’s 2018, but for those with an understanding of African
American History, the state of being for black males in our country
is similar to what it was in the early 1800’s. Not much has changed,
things just look a little different. This workshop aims to educate
young black males about the continual reincarnation of slavery by new
names and in new terms in order to equip them with the knowledge
and skills needed to break the cycle and create healthy, safe,
successful lives for themselves and their current and future families.

To be Young, Gifted and BLACK in the Classroom
Name: Whitney Caldwell & Quentin Dixon
Room: 300
Abstract: We will explore the effect of impostership syndrome on
African American students. Impostor syndrome can be defined, or also
known as, impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome. This is a concept
describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability
to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being
exposed as a “fraud”. Oftentimes students aren’t aware of this feeling
due to the lack of knowledge concerning this issue.

5 Things that will Help a Young and Educated Black Male
Navigate Life
Name: Antonio Ross
Room: 312
Abstract: This presentation will be comprised of five points that
will help young black males navigate life. The objective of this
presentation is to help college and high school students understand
the importance of goal setting, mentorship, perspective, patience, and
self-development. These points will help and prepare students for the
rollercoaster called life.

Name: Regennia Johnson
Room: 320B
Abstract: We will discuss black masculinity and manhood’s role in
womanism/feminism. We will address where black men and women
clearly intersect and areas where our identities offer different privileges
and disadvantages along with how to not become insensitive and
try to dilute black women issues into matters only dealing with race.
This workshop will provide necessary space for young black men
transitioning into “adulthood” to understand the important role
they play in the protection and survival of women and inherently of

You’re Great and You Don’t Even Know It
Name: Derrick Sier
Room: 320C
Abstract: Dominant culture often determines how society views
themselves and each other. It shapes our understanding and forms our
perspective by its manipulation of entertainment, education, politics,
history, commerce and even religion. Without many of us knowing,
we absorb the dominant culture’s perspective and it begins to play
a large part of how we interact with our immediate surroundings
and even the distant world, as we understand it. This conversation
surrounding microaggressions will not only look at the largely overt
ways in which the dominant culture influences our understanding and
perspective, but, even more so, the much more efficient and largely
successfully covert ways identity is shaped and on which, the majority
of our interactions are based.

Illuminating your Career Goals
Name: Kenedie McAdams & Elizabeth Enck
Room: 201
Abstract: Students will learn how their values, interests, personalities,
and skills (VIPS) can inform their career goals. Students will participate
in activities to help them define their VIPs and will be given tools
to begin their career and academic planning. Additionally, students
will craft their personal pitch, which can be used to network with
professors, potential employers and other professional contacts. This
skill will help prepare students and establish them for the future.

Black and Blue Moving Forward
Name: Kalen Russell & Jaylon Thomas
Room: 202
Abstract: With the increase of social justice street protests in 
The United States, black students are being placed in situations of
uncertainty in which they are not fully equipped to navigate; therefore,
many endure unnecessary harassment or harm at the hands of law
enforcement. In this workshop, students will participate in a focus
group where they will be tasked with creating counter-narratives
that will aid them in finding ways to express their feelings about
law enforcement, deconstruct the social norms of modern policing,
examine their social responses to perceived police bias and create
effective coping mechanisms through expression in hopes of
validating their experiences.