Equity, Identity, and Achievement - Equity impacts access to social capital. Social capital provides the necessary building blocks for identity. One's sense of self largely determines achievement. Participants will define and discuss equity; comparing and contrasting it to equality. Additionally, participants will examine the role of social capital in the development of identity. Finally, participants will discuss and develop strategies to promote "authentic self" that facilitates academic achievement.
Rites of Passage - Sense of self is the basis of the
ability to determine which experiences, values and people
are harmful (mis-educative) and which are helpful (educative).
Therefore, an individual who has entered into a process which
clarifies the self and purpose (rites of passage), is being
prepared for education. We must see education as a process
that starts long before a child is sent to school. The foundations
of educative process lies within cultural context. A context
which we must build for our children. Participants will learn
the values, rituals, and experiences which comprise the African
centered rites or passage process.[Click
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Recapturing the Black Male Image
The problems facing black males are well known and researched. In the media, black males are often maligned as menaces to society or featured as natural wonders. Seldom are black males presented in light of their “normality.”
In this workshop/lecture, Dr. Goggins will critique the familiar narratives used to construct the prevailing black male image, discuss the strengths and resiliency that exist within the African-American male experience, and suggest strategies to recapture and reconstruct the Black male image. [Click here for more resources.]
Interactions with African-American Males - Using an African-centered philosophical worldview and a racial socialization framework, this workshop seeks to empower individuals to overcome the systemic disadvantaging processes limiting their interactions with African-American males. Dr. Goggins will facilitate discussions about the challenges, obstacles, and rewards of working with African-American males. Participants will examine and develop strategies to restore a healthy definition of Black manhood. [Click here for more resources.]
Students and Academic Disengagement - The
academic achievement gap is a phenomena well documented in
the United States. The research reveals many factors that
contribute to the disparities between African-American students
and their peers. However, the power of choice is the single
most important factor that determines success.
workshop explores the reasons for African-American students
to opt for academic disengage, and the strategies to empower
student to choose success.
Things "Any" Parent Can
Do To Improve Their Child's Education - There
many things you can do to promote the academic success
of your child. Though most are very simple, all can have
profound impact. The greatest thing you can do is to make
education important. Our children tend to value those things
that we demonstrate are important through our actions and
is the process that prepares the young for their future membership
and active participation in the maintenance or development of
a society (Nyerere, J. K. (1967). Education for self-reliance).
An African-Centered Education Must Provide
of meaning and purpose in student's life.
ability to transform and interpret information (active meaning
of fictive kinship bonds among members of the community.
and parental expectations for development and maintenance of
to practice what was learned.
from parents and community.
will discuss and learn African centered philosophy and educational
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