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Annual Think Tank

The Black Male Institute’s annual Think Tank started as a national effort to bring together practitioners, scholars, researchers, parents, and students to discuss community-relevant topics surrounding education.  Each year, stakeholders from multiple sectors of education strategize on how to improve educational experiences and opportunities for Black males.  Previous Think Tank Conference topics include:

2011: Hear Me In:  The Voices of Black Male Youth

2012: Hip Hop & Black Male Identity:  Beats, Rhymes, Life & Learning

2013: Solutions Not Suspensions

2014: Community Voice on the BLOOM Initiative

In 2015, we worked in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which President Barack Obama signed in 2012.  The one day summit took place at the California NanoSystems Institute auditorium at UCLA.  The summit was moderated by David J. Johns, the executive director of the White House initiative.  The daylong conference focused on topics including “Reimagining Opportunity for Black Youth in Los Angeles,” “Stabilizing Public Schools to Advance Student Achievement and Ensure College and Career Readiness,” and “Community Conversation, Reaction, and Recommendations,” as presented by panel discussions.  More than 200 people from across Los Angeles were in attendance and learned about the Black student experience through the panelists, which included BMI and Sister-to-Sister students as well as Dr. Tyrone Howard, director of the BMI.

The next BMI Think Tank will take place in May 2016.  To be added to the contact list for the annual Think Tank event, please click here.

Annual Think Tank for High School Students: 

Every spring, the SBME Project invites hundreds of Black male high school students to join us on the UCLA campus.  The SBME Think Tank for high school students engages youth in a day of workshops and activities led by Black male undergraduates, many of whom come from the same schools and communities as the young men.  Undergraduates spend the day facilitating workshops, discussions, and examining culturally relevant topics, such as:  Meeting the A-G requirements, creating your own school, and the controversy of the N-Word.  The purpose of the day is to engage young men from Los Angeles with the UCLA campus, while ensuring they see examples of successful Black men in college.

The annual SBME Think Tank takes place in May of each year.  We partner with the following high schools for this event:

King Drew Magnet High School

Long Beach Jordan High School

Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Washington Preparatory High School

Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet (WESM)

Centennial High School

For more information about the SBME student Think Tank, please contact Rachael Thomas at rthomas@blackmaleinstitute.org.

UCLA Undergraduate Research Forum:

UCLA Student Retreat:

This year, the BMI will launch the first UCLA undergraduate student retreat for participants of the Blacklimated and Sister-to-Sister course.  More information is coming soon.