United Black Student Conference (UBSC)

UBSC Synopsis

The pride of our community lies within our unity. The schematics for our future are in the building blocks of our DNA, but we must learn to respect this power and nurture the keepers of these sacred orders if we are to repair the rift between poverty and privilege.

It starts by B.uilding L.eaders A.gainst C.ontrolled K.nowledge and empowering our youth through the strengthening of key virtues such as kinship, support, learning and a dedication to success. To reinstate the dignity and resilience that has seemingly been displaced and replaced with antagonism and enmity; challenging the role and expectations of African-Americans in a society that expects failure.

We have been tasked with reminding the next generation that Black is Beautiful, Powerful, Honorable, and worth every ounce of respect the world has to offer.

With the United Black Student Conference this year, we hope to inspire, enlighten and assure the attendees that their future is bright as a shining star. With the support of the Black Student Union club, the Performance Writers club and programs such as Summer Bridge and Umoja along with community members, we will reenergize a passion for learning, strengthen their unyielding character and spark the minds of the future leaders, parents and law makers that will lead us into the 22nd century and beyond.

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Workshop Session #1

(NOTE: The first FOUR workshops are only offered ONCE)

Time to Get Real: Back to "Each One Teach One"
Dr. Sharon Elise
This workshop will refocus our attention to what higher education can mean for racial justice and Black advancement; where we have been, where we are, and where we must go.
Room# 3104

Our Words…Our Way: How words and rhymes shaped Black identities
Prof. Anthony Blacksher
This workshop will explore how song lyrics, spoken word poetry, and rap articulate the Black experience. Participants will also get to write and share their own work.
Room# T306

The College Experience
BSU Student Panel
This workshop covers the community college and 4 year university environment and provides practical tips on how to not just SURVIVE but THRIVE during life after high school.
Room# 3511

White Privilege hurts White People, too!
Leyenda Jacobson
A look at Critical Race Theory (CRT) and White Privilege that emphasizes the "downside" of white privilege for whites and takes a "Strengths-based" approach to looking at alternative paradigms.
Room# T401

Controlling Knowledge: What You Don’t Know about Educating African American’s
Aaron Stark
This workshop will discuss the many ways in which our academic institutions fail to meet the needs of the Black college student. We will explore examples in typical approaches that are ineffective, discuss why they are used, and look at methods that speak to the heart of the Black intellectual.
Room# T430

We Want Freedom! The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
Prof. Chris Strickland
This workshop seeks to demystify and educate us about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense created in 1966 in Oakland, California. Come and learn about their creation, impact, the role of black women, and their failures; as well as finding implications for today's struggle and solutions against police brutality.
Room# 7001

Can We Talk? – The Basics on Gender Communication
TBD
Did you ever think that people of the opposite sex are speaking a different language? This workshop will discuss the differences in communication across the genders.
Room# 7053

Hands Up! Close Encounters of the Cop Kind
Prof. Al Nyman & Lt. Val Sadat
Each day we hear stories about communities and law enforcement agencies struggling with the issue of racial profiling. But what is racial profiling? What is it not? What are the ethical issues involved for both police and communities? This workshop will focus on the legal, moral and ethical boundaries surrounding this controversial issue.
Room# 4016

A Different Kind of Smart: Building Your Emotional Intelligence (EI):
Prof. Adrean Askerneese
We will explore the social psychological construct of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and discuss how music can uplift and stifle one’s EI. Gain insight and tools you can apply to make college and your career more effective, satisfying, and successful.
Room# T402

Fear of a Black Planet: An examination of white angst in an increasing black social context
Dr. Bruce Hoskins
This workshop will examine the significant events that have happened in our society to increase the presence of black people in mainstream culture and how this has resulted in white backlash and efforts to re-establish white supremacy.
Room# Clubroom

Workshop Session #2

(NOTE: The first FOUR workshops are only offered ONCE)

Am I Black Enough?
Prof. David McField
This workshop will discuss the identity related challenges of holding more than one race/ethnicity/culture/heritage. Topics include but are not limited to: physical appearance, belonging, community, family of origin, and interpersonal relationships.
Room# 3104

To be Young, Gifted and Black
Dr. T. Ford
"...There's a world waiting for you... the quest that has just begun... when you are young, gifted and Black--your soul is intact..." What is the meaning and application of these famous words towards your success? Be courageous. Be challenged.
Room# T401

U R Sumbody: Your money, your relationships
Jeff Morris CEO/Founder
This workshop will explore the connection between money and relationships. Participants will be able to identify the Sum-bodies in their lives in order to reduce friction and frustration in our financial relationships.
Room# 3511

Your Personal Board of Advisors
Cynthia Rice
This workshop will teach you how to recognize the members on your “Personal Board of Advisors” – which might be made up of family members, friends, coaches, favorite teachers, community leaders and business owners - and learn how to add and delete members based on their ability to impact your future in a positive way.
Room# T306

Controlling Knowledge: What You Don’t Know about Educating African American’s
Aaron Starck
This workshop will discuss the many ways in which our academic institutions fail to meet the needs of the Black college student. We will explore examples in typical approaches that are ineffective, discuss why they are used, and look at methods that speak to the heart of the Black intellectual.
Room# T430

We Want Freedom! The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense
Prof. Chris Strickland
This workshop seeks to demystify and educate us about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense created in 1966 in Oakland, California. Come and learn about their creation, impact, the role of black women, and their failures; as well as finding implications for today's struggle and solutions against police brutality.
Room# 7001

Can We Talk? – The Basics on Gender Communication
TBD
Did you ever think that people of the opposite sex are speaking a different language? This workshop will discuss the differences in communication across the genders.
Room# 7053

Hands Up! Close Encounters of the Cop Kind
Prof. Al Nyman & Lt. Val Sadat
Each day we hear stories about communities and law enforcement agencies struggling with the issue of racial profiling. But what is racial profiling? What is it not? What are the ethical issues involved for both police and communities? This workshop will focus on the legal, moral and ethical boundaries surrounding this controversial issue.
Room# 4016

A Different Kind of Smart: Building Your Emotional Intelligence (EI):
Prof. Adrean Askerneese
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital to being an effective and high-performing student or worker. This workshop will explore how to apply EI skills for maximum effectiveness. We will explore the social psychological construct of emotional intelligence and discuss how music can uplift and stifle one’s EI. Gain insight and tools you can apply to make college and career more effective, satisfying, and successful.
Room# T402

Fear of a Black Planet: An examination of white angst in an increasing black social context
Dr. Bruce Hoskins
This workshop will examine the significant events that have happened in our society to increase the presence of black people in mainstream culture and how this has resulted in white backlash and efforts to re-establish white supremacy.
Room# Clubroom

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