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Recognizing and Reckoning. Empowering Men of Color through Equity and Cultural Wealth. BHCC Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute 2022

5th Annual Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth Institute 

June 1-3, 2022

Re-envisioning our institutions as spaces designed to empower men of color will require a radical and honest reevaluation of who we are and what we do. This year’s Institute will center the cultural wealth of men of color and apply an equity-minded lens to our own institutions. The three-day experience will feature nationally renowned scholars, artists, and activists, including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. June 1 and 2 will be held virtually and provide breakout sessions, workshops, and critical reflection and networking opportunities. June 3 will offer inperson and virtual opportunities to strategize and implement key takeaways from the Institute

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dr Ibram X Kendi - Keynote speaker of the 2022 InstituteDr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Dr. Kendi is also the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and How to Be an Antiracist. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today.

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the Rossier School ofPedro Noguera headshot Education and a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education and Phi Delta Kappa honor society, and in 2020 Noguera was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author, co-author and editor of 15 books.

Tak Toyoshima

Tak Toyoshima headshotTak Toyoshima is the artist/creator of the comic strip "Secret Asian Man." Starting as a two-page monthly in a Boston-based arts magazine, "Secret Asian Man" became a weekly comic strip for the next six years. In the fall of 2006, "Secret Asian Man" was scouted by United Features Syndicate ("Peanuts," "Dilbert," and "Boondocks") and developed to launch in July of 2007 as the first Asian American comic strip since the days of Bruce Lee and Charlie Chan.

Toyoshima has worked on many comic art related projects and publications in support of marginalized communities including Secret Identities: An Asian American Superhero Anthology, New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, APB: Artists Against Police Brutality, and most recently, Kwok, a self-published short story fundraiser to assist Asian seniors in the wake of the surge of anti-Asian violence. He also teaches a weekly comics and sequential arts class to middle school aged kids in Massachusetts' south shore area. 

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2022 CECW Institute Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss Community Cultural Wealth of males of color and how to integrate that into curricular, co-curricular or administrative spaces
  • Analyze complex and intersectional identities of males of color, including, but not limited to, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identities.
  • Share and analyze resources used to facilitate successful outcomes for males of color. Examples include but are not limited to academic, community based, culturally sustaining, financial, and mental health resources.
  • Apply equity-minded perspectives to institutional systems, structures, and/or policies that impact males of color
  • Recognize and apply strategies that reform inequitable systems, structures, and/or policies that impact males of color
  • Analyze and discuss historical, cultural, and/or social factors that impact the experiences of males of color in academic or work settings.

2022 CECW Institute Agenda

May 27-May 31, 2022   

Conference Platform Site Opens

Visit the Virtual platform to learn more about our speaker, access pre-Institute readings and resources, and learn more about the Equity and Cultural wealth initiatives at BHCC.

June 1, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Lounge table Chats and Music

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Land Acknowledgement, Welcome and Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Opening Keynote:  Dr. Pedro Noguera

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Group Reflection on Keynote

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Networking Talk-shop

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Day 1 Reflection with Institute Guide

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Evening Artistic Performance 

June 2, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Lounge Table Chats and Music

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Announcements

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Moderated Discussion:  Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Group Reflection on Kendi Discussion

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Crucial Conversation:  Men of Color Roundtable

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Speaker-led Breakout Session

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Networking Talk-shop

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Day 2 Reflection with Institute Guide

6 – 8 p.m. | Affinity-Group Dinners

June 3, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Lounge Table Chats and Music

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Welcome and Guided Meditation

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Closing Keynote  

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Facilitated Action Hour

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Closing Remarks and Evaluations

1 – 3 p.m. | On-campus Social at BHCC