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4 LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT I m honored to welcome you to the University of Central Oklahoma s Black Male Summit. This event promises to be a great opportunity to learn new skills, collect valuable information, and network with professionals from across the state, region and nation that care about your future. It is imperative that you fully engage yourself in the excellent activities that have been prepared for you! As a metropolitan university, UCO understands its role and responsibility to reach out and support the African American community in any way possible. It is indeed Central s pleasure to host over 500 African American young men on our campus today. I would like to thank Stevie Johnson, MeShawn Conley and Dr. Myron Pope for their vision for the Black Male Summit and their leadership and execution of making this a special day for you. Again, welcome to our beautiful campus, and please take advantage of this great opportunity that is presented to you. Sincerely, Don Betz President 4

5 LETTER FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT I would like to personally welcome you to the summit. This is an exciting time for the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) as we strive to empower and motivate young men to follow the dream of obtaining a higher education degree, while building pipelines between UCO and the metropolitan community. We know that education for all people improves and supports the lives of the individual, their families, and the community; both now and in the future. This summit is going to be one of the best experiences you will have in your lives. It is my desire that during this summit, you will gain the knowledge that you need to fulfill your dreams and that you will also experience the warm hospitality of many UCO faculty, staff and students that care about your future. Finally, I would like to congratulate Stevie Johnson and MeShawn Conley for putting together such an exciting conference. Their team have worked diligently in the preparation and planning of this important program which is especially designed for young black males. I am assured that you will be inspired and enlightened by the knowledge and experience that you will gain. Sincerely, Myron L. Pope, Ed.D Vice President for Student Affairs 5

6 LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma and the 4th annual Black Male Summit. I am beyond exhilarated that you are on our campus to experience numerous perspectives of what it means to be a successful black male in society. The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes the significance of engaging in dialogues centered on social and cultural barriers that young, black men experience daily. It is our pleasure that the leadership of this great metropolitan institution has fashioned a platform designed around exposing young African-American men to different ways of thinking such as personal and professional advancement, identity-development and the clarity of mentorship. I encourage every student today to push yourself to meet someone new, engage in the conversations that are presented and understand that you have people in your corner that really want you to succeed. As a firstgeneration college student, I understand what you are up against. The UCO Black Male Summit will give you a sense of purpose and help remove the only thing that is holding you back, which is YOU! Embrace being (un)comfortable and watch your dreams become reality. I want to recognize Dr. Pope, MeShawn Conley, Barry Lofton, Cole Stanley, and the remaining committee members for putting some much faith in me. I have grown so much from this experience and have found my purpose along the way. We are the change agents for our community and I know the UCO Black Male Summit will continue to flourish each year. Best regards, Stevie Johnson, Assistant Director Office of Diversity & Inclusion 6

7 LETTER FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma Black Male Summit. I am so very excited to have you on our campus! I am confident you will have an impactful, engaging, and enlightening experience. Malcolm X said, The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Today is your day; your day to learn new information, meet new friends and make important connections. I challenge you to embrace this day for all the opportunity that it holds and take advantage of what many people worked countless hours in preparation for; work they gladly undertook because they believe in you and your future. Life is challenging and filled with many obstacles. It is also rewarding, exciting and fruitful for those with the fortitude and resilience to work toward their dreams. You are here today because you are innately one of those individuals who has it and who will redefine the statistics. My hope is that today s summit will continue to inspire you to be the success you are destined to be. I want to recognize Stevie Johnson, Dr. Myron Pope, Cole Stanley and all those on the Black Male Summit Committee for their dedication to this vision and their diligence in making it a reality. Today s program is revolutionary for our community and it was your forethought that started us on this journey, thank you! Once again, welcome to the Black Male Summit! Sincerely, MeShawn Conley, Director Office of Diversity & Inclusion 7

8 COMMITTEE MEMBERS Myron Pope, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Affairs, UCO Stevie Johnson, M.Ed. Assistant Director, Diversity Retention & Director of the Black Male Initiative & Fellows Program, UCO MeShawn Conley M.Ed. Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, UCO 8

9 Donovan Cousan Project Director, UCO Black Initiative & Fellowship Program Bryan Duke, Ph.D. Assistant Dean & Director of Educator Preparation and Professor of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research at the College of Education and Professional Studies, UCO Barry Lofton Executive Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Pre- College Programs, UCO 9

10 COMMITTEE MEMBERS LaTasha Giddings, M.Ed. Senior Admissions Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Pre-College Programs, UCO Darrell Davis Chief, Installation Contracting Division, Tinker Air Force Base & Ward 3 Edmond City Council Representative David B. Young CPO Director, Procurement Service, UCO 10

11 Ryan Siler Director Student Affairs Marketing, UCO Kermit McMurry Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education John Bobb-Semple Director, Food & Resource Center Development, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma 11

12 COMMITTEE MEMBERS Richard McPherson Executive Director, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Quentin Dixon Assistant Program Director, Upward Bound, University of Oklahoma 12

13 BLACK MALE SUMMIT SCHEDULE Welcome 8:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom Stevie Johnson Asst Director, Diversity Retention & Director of the Black Male Initiative & Fellows Program, UCO Dr. Myron Pope Vice President of Student Affairs University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz University of Central Oklahoma Keynote Speaker 9-9:50 a.m. Grand Ballroom Lawrence Ware Co-Director of the Center for Africana Studies and Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University Session :15 a.m. The Value of a Dollar NUC 314 True Sky Credit Union Effective Teaching with a Global Mindset NUC 326 Dr. Fred Hammond What is #BLACKBOYJOY? NUC 421 Dr. Rodney Bates, Miles Kelly, DJ Williams Bandwidth Recovery NUC 304 How you can help yourself to regain cognitive resources lost to poverty, racism and other differentisms Dr. Cia Verschelden It Was All A Dream... NUC 320B Goal Setting for a Hip Hop Generation Lauren Whiteman Good Kid, M.A.A.D. (Mental Awareness and Dev.) City: An Illmatic Guide to Discuss Hip Hop and Mental Health Carl Patterson NUC 320C #NotAnObject: Counteracting the Sexualization of Women Using Social Media NUC 312 Christiana Kyles To be Young, Gifted and BLACK in the classroom NUC 300 Quentin Dixon & Whitney Caldwell 4:44 Dissecting Black Male Mental Health NUC 201 Jordan Broiles & LaVonya Bennett Are We Still Slaves? NUC 202 An Examination of the History and Reincarnation of Slavery in the US Kayla Storrs 13

14 BLACK MALE SUMMIT SCHEDULE Session 2 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Value of a Dollar NUC 314 True Sky Credit Union How to Stop Eclipsing their Moonlight: NUC 326 A Teacher s Reflective Practice/Toolkit to continue healthy Identity Development in Black Boys Turner Cooper What is #BLACKBOYJOY? NUC 421 Dr. Rodney Bates, Miles Kelly and DJ Williams You re Great and You Don t Even Know It! NUC 304 Derrick Sier #HowWillIChange NUC 320B Regennia Johnson Good Kid, M.A.A.D. (Mental Awareness and Dev.) City: An Illmatic Guide to Discuss Hip Hop and Mental Health Carl Patterson NUC 320C 5 Things that will Help a Young and Educated Black Male Navigate Life! NUC 312 Antonio Ross Create & Own: I Found My Voice Through Hip Hop NUC 300 Jacobi Isham Illuminating your Career Goals NUC 201 Kenedie McAdams and Elizabeth Enck Black and Blue Moving Forward NUC 202 Jaylon Thomas and Kalen Russell Lunch & Awards 1-2 p.m. Tony Foster Jr. Live Band (including headshot) Tony Foster Jr. Live is a budding act gaining more fans daily in Oklahoma City. Led by Tony Foster Jr, they play all across the local scene and in surrounding areas. The band is an eclectic mix of soul, folk and jazz music with an R&B sound to die for. Spoken Word - Sam Dyer Funeral Service Junior, Black Male Initiative and Fellows Program Member Recognition of True Sky Credit Union Scholarships True Sky Credit Union Scholarship UCO Undergraduate Admissions Scholarship African-American Faculty & Staff Association Scholarship Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Scholarship 14

15 Keynote Speakers 2:15-3 p.m Dr. Christopher Emdin Constitution Hall, NUC 200 Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teacher s College, Columbia University Group Photo Closing Remarks 3:05 p.m. Nigh University Center 3:15 p.m. Depart 15

16 WORKSHOP SESSIONS 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 upon the relationships we build with black students, in particular black boys. 16

17 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 differentisms 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 17

18 WORKSHOP SESSIONS 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 Health 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 18

19 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 shortterm 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 around 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. 19

20 WORKSHOP SESSIONS 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 for 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. #HowWillIChange 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 themselves. 20

21 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 in 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 equip 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. 21

22 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Lawrence Ware Professor 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. Christopher Emdin Dr. 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 U.S. Department of Energy. 22

23 SUMMIT PRESENTERS Shana Lewis M.A. - Community Outreach Specialist, True Sky Credit Union Juaneta Murray Branch Manager, True Sky Credit Union Ryan Doonkeen Marketing Officer, True Sky Credit Union Fred Hammond, Ph.D. Professor - Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research, College of Education & Professional Studies, UCO Turner Cooper B.A. - Educator 23

24 SUMMIT PRESENTERS CONT. Rodney Bates, Ph.D., Housing and Food Services as a Center Coordinator in Residence Life, University of Oklahoma Miles Kelly MHR - Adams Center Coordinator in the Department of Housing and Food Services, University of Oklahoma DJ Williams B.A. & B.S, - Resident Director in Residence Life, University of Oklahoma Dr. Cia Verschelden Executive Director of Institutional Assessment, UCO Lauren Whiteman, M.Ed., TEDx Presenter, Coordinator for Men of Color Initiatives, University of North Texas 24

25 Carl Patterson B.A. - Graduate Student, TEDx Presenter Christina Kyles B.S - Graduate Assistant for Women s Outreach Center, UCO Jacobi Isham B.B.A. - Hip Hop Artist and Financial Planning Professional Jordan Broiles Diversity Round Table President, UCO LaVonya Bennett MHR - Graduate Asst & Counselor for Counseling Psychology Clinic, University of Oklahoma 25

26 SUMMIT PRESENTERS CONT. Kayla Storrs MPH, Asst. Director of Diversity Enrichment Programs, Coordinator for Early College Awareness, & Adjunct Instructor, OU Quentin Dixon M.Ed., Assistant Program Director for Upward Bound Program, University of Oklahoma Whitney Caldwell, M.Ed., Residence Director in the Department of Housing and Residence Life, Texas Southern University Antonio Ross MWM - Owner/Operator of Life Direction and Motivation for Millennials (LDM²) and Basketball Drills and Life Skills (BDLS) (LDM²) Reginnia Johnson B.A. - Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Gallogly College of Engineering, OU 26

27 Derrick Sier Master s in Theological Studies Kenedie McAdams M.Ed., Career Development Specialist, UCO Elizabeth Enck M.Ed., Director of Career Development Center, UCO Jaylon Thomas McNair Scholar, UCO Kalen Russell President s Leadership Council, UCO 27

28 Master of Ceremony Nikki Nice Nikki is a moderator, emcee, on-air personality and a community activist. A graduate of Northeast High School, she furthered her education at Langston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. While at Langston she participated in the Dean s Honor Roll, National Association of Black Journalists, KALU Radio station, field reporter for LU s television station and a writer for the in-school newspaper called The Gazette. She also studied broadcast journalism abroad in West Africa (The Gambia and Senegal). Nicole has an avid curiosity to learn and is always pursuing opportunities to grow intellectually and spiritually. She is a member of YLX (Youth Leadership Exchange) Class Two, LOYAL (Linking Oklahoma s Young Adult Leaders) Class One and Leadership Oklahoma City Class 35. Nikki has been a part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America with the Gospel Announcers Guild and interned with Perry Publishing and Broadcasting before joining the team. She is currently a co-host of The Open Mic Talk Show which airs Monday through Friday 9a.m. until 11a.m. and can be heard in Oklahoma City, Lawton/Ft.Sill and Tulsa. Nikki s hobbies include, but are not limited to, worldwide traveling, reading, mentoring, tutoring and networking in the community. Some of Nicole s community activities include One Church One Child Scholarship Committee, Toastmasters International Let s Talk Club # 4884, Board Serve Class One member for United Way, HeartLine Executive Board Member (Secretary), Special Friends of Ralph Ellison Library (Secretary), Guiding Right, Inc. Community Action Board member, public speaker in the community and Oklahoma County Democrat Precinct Officer. 28

29 Special thanks to the following individuals/organizations for their additional generous contributions: Reginald & Brenda Smith Stephen Butler Allen & Jacque Wright John Bobb-Semple MeShawn Conley Charlene Grant Xavier Jackson Jessica Mascote Dr. Myron Pope Marian Spears Jackie Tucker 29

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