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    Blindspots and Missteps: The Impact of Unconscious Bias and Stereotype Threat on the Academic Experiences of Our Students                     

    Using student examples, participants will come away with a greater understanding of the unconscious bias, stereotype threat and its affect on academic performance, and interventions that can minimize its impact on students of color.


    Presenter: Roland Davis, PhD

    Roland is the Executive Director of the Center for Student Success at Simmons College and oversees the school’s academic advising and support offices.  In addition, he is on the faculty of the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute, and organization that works with faculty and administrators at independent schools teaching deep listening skills to support their students in navigating the adolescent experience.  He has been a clinical therapist and an administrator at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and has worked to help institutions improve the experiences of students of color academically and socially.  Roland earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bates College, his master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, and his PhD from the University of New Hampshire.  His area of interest centers on Black and Latino students in predominantly White schools and how climate and culture impact academic success.


    Race Identity in Majority White Communities

    In this workshop, we will discuss the stage of racial identity development of students of color as they successfully navigate predominately White Schools.  Come learn from others how to support your child in navigating majority White communities effectively, while embracing all of who they are and not who others expect them to be based on biases and assumptions.  This is an opportunity to share your experiences and ask questions in a safe environment to ensure your child not only has access to opportunities but can navigate stereotypes and other challenges that may arise in relation to their racial/cultural/ethnic identity.                                                                 


    Presenter: Dr. Carroll Blake

    Dr. Carroll W. Blake is currently the Lead Executive Coach for Male Educators of Color (MEOC) in the Boston Public Schools.  He is also the Boston Public Schools Track and Field Commissioner for High Schools.  He is currently the president of Blake Associates, a consultancy group that conducts Diversity and Cultural Proficiency workshops for educators, coaches and other interested parties. Dr. Blake has a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Northeastern University, MBA from Atlanta University and an Ed.D in Urban School Leadership from the University of Massachusetts. His dissertation was entitled ” Transforming Teachers’ Thinking In Suburban Schools Through Anti-Racism Education”. Dr. Blake has been a member of the Harvard Principals’ Center Advisory Board for a number of years. He was a presenter at the Harvard Urban School Summer Leadership Institute as well as a guest lecturer at the School of Education. He has developed anti racism courses at the University of Massachusetts, and at a variety of public schools in the Boston area. He is a dedicated educator and an accomplished magician who has been able to work magic in the field of education.


    Sharing Voices: Talking About Racial Identity and Racism with Our Children 

    In this workshop, parents/caretakers/guardians will discuss ways to talk about racial identity and racism with their children who attend predominantly White schools and engage with allies who are White.  Participants will be offered opportunities to: deepen their understanding of multi-systemic privilege and oppression in school settings; explore racial socialization experiences and understand the impact of those experiences on academic self-perception and context; engage with data about the relationships between the perceived mattering and engagement experiences of a group of Black alumnae of a majority White, METCO participant high school; consult with and learn from one another about talking about racial identity and racism with our children who attend predominantly White schools.


    Presenter: Dr. Allyson Livingstone

    Allyson Livingstone, PhD, LICSW has been a social worker practitioner for nearly 15 years.  Dr. Livingston is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Salem State University.  Her teaching, research and social work practice interests are in the areas of racial justice, analyzing and eradicating multi-systemic privilege and oppression, social identity equity in education, and student mental health.  Dr. Livingstone’s employment experiences are in the areas of psychotherapy, teaching, mental health and racial justice consulting.


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