Black Student Success Week at Peralta: April 25-29

Black Student Success Week returns to Peralta Community College District on April 25-29, 2022! Join us for a series of daily webinars by The Black Hour centered around improving the success of Black and African American students across California's community colleges.

Each webinar will be held from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and will be followed by The After Party from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, which will be a virtual discussion about the day's webinar topic.

To sign up for a particular webinar, click the registration link below. For updates and more information, follow Black Student Success Week at @cablackstudents on Twitter and Instagram.


Monday, April 25 – Beyond Mattering: Centering the Student Narrative 

Black Student Success Week will open with welcoming remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Board of Governors President Pamela Haynes, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and scholar Dr. Frank Harris. The Black Hour will include highlighted Black student success data presented by The RP Group and will conclude with a panel of students and faculty sharing an intergenerational conversation centering around the student narrative and moving beyond mattering. (Register Here)


Tuesday, April 26 – No Leaks: Securing the Pipeline for Black Student Success

Many California Community Colleges are experiencing severe drops in enrollment, particularly among Black students. Enrollment in California Community Colleges has been steadily declining, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation. During The Black Hour, we will learn more about the California Community Colleges' enrollment decline and hear from K-12 professionals and leaders about their enrollment and strategies community colleges can implement to support the educational pipeline for Black students. (Register Here)

Wednesday, April 27 – The Path to Transfer Success: A Clear Highway or a Traffic Jam

This webinar will focus on how we can improve support for student transfers from a California Community College to a CSU, UC, or HBCU. The Black Hour will open with a presentation from Dr. Darla Cooper of The RP Group, sharing data from the African American Transfer Tipping Point Study. A panel of administrators from California's three higher education systems as well as an HBCU will discuss the history of transfer for Black and African American students at each of their respective systems. The practitioner's perspective will also be explored by two transfer center directors/coordinators who will discuss their hands-on approach for supporting our Black and African American students with their transfer goals. Finally, we will conclude with a testimonial from a student, who will share their transfer experience and what was instrumental in their bachelor's degree completion. (Register Here)


Thursday, April 28 – Transforming Black Student Success through Courageous State Leadership

California Legislative Black Caucus Chair and Senator Steven Bradford will begin our advocacy and policy discussion with opening remarks. The webinar will include a presentation by Dr. Christopher Nellum, Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, highlighting recent research around Black student access, success, and affordability in higher education and the evidence-based best practices and state policies we should advocate for. The Black Hour will conclude with a panel of state legislators and partners on what they envision for higher education in California as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and explore ways to uplift Black students and communities through intentional policy. (Register Here)
Friday, April 29 – Using Radical Action: Showing Up as Your Authentic Self
Black Student Success Week will conclude with a panel discussion on authenticity told from the Black faculty perspective. The Black Hour will provide a space to amplify Black faculty voices in our system. Panelists will share examples on how they have navigated a system not set up for African Americans to succeed and examples of how to actualize anti-racism through radical action. The discussion will center around acknowledging the harm and understanding the next steps in taking responsibility to move toward transformative action that intentionally and authentically create environments that embrace and support Black excellence. (Register Here)
BSSW 2022 flyer
Black Student Success Week is organized in partnership with the following organizations: A2MEND, Umoja Community Education Foundation, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The Education Trust-West, the Equity Avengers, The RP Group, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.

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