We are excited to announce the 10th annual UCLA Black Male Institute (BMI) Think Tank! BMI’s Think Tank began as a national effort to bring together practitioners, scholars, researchers, parents, and students to discuss community-relevant topics centered on how to improve educational experiences and opportunities for Black males.

Join us as we reflect on BMI’s work over the last decade and raise awareness about the intersectional dimensions of racial injustice that must be addressed to enhance the lives of all youths of color.

Distinguished keynote speaker, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw will exame how structures of power use identity to exclude and privilege, and explore how intersectionality can guide our work in uplifting marginalized communities.

We invite educators, students, lawmakers, community organizers and professionals of all backgrounds to be part of this conversation with us!

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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:

2017: Link, Love, Resist: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline 

2016: Advancing Black and Latino Male Student Success from High School through Higher Education with Prof. Shaun Harper. 

2015: Reimagining Opportunity for Black Youth in Los Angeles with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

2014: Community Voice on the BLOOM Initiative

2013: Solutions Not Suspensions

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

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