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Black Minds Matter

The Multicultural Student Affairs office will be hosting a free public course offered through San Diego State University, entitled "Black Minds Matter." The course is an 8-session series designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education.  Each meeting date will focus on a different theme.

The course is open to all faculty, staff and students. The desire is to have participants attend every date. However, if participants can only attend one session, that is fine. All sessions will be held in the Unity Room and lunch will be provided. Interested in learning more about the course? Download the course syllabus here: Black Minds Matter Course Syllabus (5,118KB)

There is limited availability. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to msa@svsu.edu or call 989-964-7090, then identify which session or sessions you want to attend.

The themes and dates are as follows:

  • Linking Black Lives and Black Minds:  Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice:  Wednesday, Nov. 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Ascription of Intelligence:  Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Assumptions of Criminality:  Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes:  Tuesday, Nov. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Promising Practices for Teaching & Learning:  Wednesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Holistic Support for Black Male Learners:  Wednesday, Dec. 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research:  Wednesday, Dec. 13, noon to 1:30 p.m.

This course is offered in partnership with the Education Trust-West, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United, Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), and Our Scholarship Matters (OSM). As a result of their support, you will be part of a large community of learners who will be participating as individuals and at 130 broadcast sites throughout the nation. 

Please help us spread the word about the course by sharing the following announcement through social media


Dow Visiting Scholar - Dr. J. Luke Wood

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Banquet Rooms A, B, & C

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D., is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Wood serves as the director of the Joint Ph.D. program in education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and director of the Ed.D. program in Community College Leadership. Dr. Wood is also co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab, a national research and practice center. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on community colleges. In particular, his research examines contributors (i.e., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes. Dr. Wood has delivered over 120 scholarly professional and conference presentations. His research has been featured by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffngton Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and C-SPAN. Dr. Wood has authored over 120 publications, including more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has authored and edited 14 books. His most recent books include Supporting Men of Color in the Community College (2017, Wood and Harris III), Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color (2016, Wood and Harris III) and Teaching Men of Color in the Community College (2015, Wood, Harris III and White). Wood received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Higher Education) and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education) from Arizona State University. He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership (Student Affairs) and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Wood is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Download the event flyer here: Dr. J. Luke Wood - Dow Visiting Scholar (540KB)