Black Minds Matter: Assumptions of Criminality

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box

Event Details

Join us for Black Minds Matter, a 10-part series designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. As a whole, the public course draws parallels between issues faced by Black males in society and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom. Through this lens, we will engage research on Black students in education (from preschool to doctoral education), emphasizing strategies and practices that can support their success.


Each event in the series will feature a viewing of the next video session, followed by a discussion. Attend one or all sessions; participants can join the series at any time.



Upcoming topics, dates and times

Pre-recorded presentations followed by facilitated live discussions will be held in the Main Library Idea Box from 6-8 pm, unless otherwise noted. 


  • January 15, 2019 Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes- Naomi Priddy Multicultural Learning Librarian 
  • January 22, 2019 Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning- Kathleen Spale Manager of Material Services Oak Park Public Library
  • February 19, 2019 Holistic Support for Black Male Learners- Cody Cotton A Greater Good Foundation Chief Communication Officer 
  • February 26, 2019 Advancing Black Male Policy Support and Research- Tiana Jorman Founder of Breaking Through Breaking Beyond

Background

In recent years, there have been many high profile slayings of young Black men. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Alfred Olango and far too many others. Anger regarding these slayings has led to numerous marches, protests, and vigils throughout the nation.


Rising through the power of social media, the international activist movement Black Lives Matter has shed light on the injustices facing Black communities and has provided a statement of affirmation that Black lives do indeed matter.


Shadowing this movement there has been increased discourse about the status, experiences, and outcomes of Black students in education, particularly Black males. Black Lives Matter has shown that Black boys and men are devalued and over-criminalized in society. These same patterns are evident in educational settings, leading to over-representation in special education, exposure to high rates of suspension and expulsion, and ultimately feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. Similar disparities are manifested in college and university settings.


This program at the library is happening in connection to the Emerging Leaders Network, a component of IMLS Triton College Activating Community Opportunities. The initiative is designed to provide area middle school and high school students with academic support and tools for school completion and entrance into college and/or the workforce. Learn more »


Event Type(s): Learn & Connect, Civic Learning, Arts & Culture
Age Group(s): Adults, Teens
Social Services Specialist Stephen Jackson

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