The REACH Project
Reaching back. Reaching out. Reaching up.

Engaged Black Leadership in 2012:
Activism, Organization, and Empowerment

Third Annual Black Leadership Summit

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9:15 – 10:00 am

9:30 – 10:00 am 

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
10:00 – 10:30 am

Chuck Williams III, Drexel University
Tarisse Iriarte, University of Pennsylvania

Morning Concurrent Sessions
10:30 – 11:45 am

The First Teachers…Family and Community Engagement in Schools

  • Engaging Pre-service Teachers in Building School, Family and Community Partnerships, Rachel Boit, University of Akron
  • Title I – Understanding the History, the Purpose, and the Intent, Quibila Divine, Educational Advocates Reaching Today’s Hardworking Students (EARTHS) and Sylvia Simms, Parent Power!
  • “I Brought You in this World…” Your Teen, Hormones, Hysteria, and Moving toward Higher Education, Connie Grier, M.Ed, and Rachel King-Davis, The RESPECT Alliance

Theory in Action: Models of Engaged Black Leadership

  • Seeding Success, Kemal Nance and Brandi Avery, Philadelphia Youth Network
  • Raising the Village: Culturally Relevant Educational Empowerment, Brian Peterson, University of Pennsylvania

Negotiating the Classroom and the Bedroom: Black Students and Challenges to their College Completion

  • Beyond Hoop Dreams: How to be “Clutch” in the College Game, Atnreakn Alleyne and Tatiana Poladko Alleyne, TeenSHARP, Inc.
  • Dating for Successful Students, Yo Jeff Carroll, Red, Black, and Green Promotions

The African American Experience in International Context
Cultural Tourism: The New Rites of Passage for African Americans, Derek Rouse, Ma’at International

Luncheon and Keynote Panel
12:00 – 1:30pm

Molefi Asante, Temple University
Michael Coard, Temple University
Doreen Loury, Arcadia University

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1:45 – 3:00pm

Examining the Sociopolitical Context of Engaged Black Leadership

  • From Civil Rights to Economic and Environmental Justice: Ongoing Organizing in the African American Community, Aissia Richardson, African American United Fund
  • Africana Studies and Black Leadership: The Relationship, Intergenerational Approach, and Present Conflict, Amy Yeboah, Anyabwile Love, Joshua Myers & Stephanie Tisdale, Temple University 

Leadership Development, Community Capacity and Institutional Governance

  • Leaders on Board: Nonprofit Governance as a Tool for Developing Leadership and Building Community Capacity, Naomi Leapheart, The MatchStick Group
  • Post-Apartheid South Africa: Strengthening Community Capacity in School Governance – Lessons Learned, Cavill Anderson, Center for Organization and Human Development

Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics and Community Development

  • Core 6 Leadership: Redefining the Purposes of Success and Education, Brian Smith and Azure Rooths, Core 6 Consulting
  • Wanted: Visionary Leaders in an Economic Depression, Nathaniel Bracey, Anu Trust

Collaborations and Closing Address
3:15 – 4:00pm

Jamira Burley
Alex Peay