Black and Brown Summit

Reviving Our Roots Through Courageous Conversations

November 14, 2015 — Highline College



To empower and motivate our Black and Brown young men to excel in academics and to accept nothing less than excellence from self.


  • Critique social structures that inhibit Black/Brown young men from being successful in education.
  • Highlight the achievements in spite of the obstacles/barriers that they face.
  • Contextualize their self identity socially, culturally, historically, and politically by giving the young men a sense of self and value of self.

Free Admission  •  Free Breakfast and Lunch  •  Free Enlightenment


8:15 - 8:40 am Registration and Breakfast
8:40 - 9:00am Opening Ceremony
9:00 - 9:50am Keynote Address
10:00am - 11:15am Workshops
11:25am - 12:25pm Leadership Activity
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:40 - 2:55pm Workshops
3:00 - 3:30pm Reflection
3:30pm - 4:00pm Closing



I learned that I need to first understand my misunderstandings of others then seek the truth before making more progress in my own growth

I learned to not let anyone bring you down and better yourself. Always have confidence whereever you go

The thing I like the most overall in the summit was the speakers because they spoke reality

I liked meeting new people and learning new things

The speakers were personal and knew our problems

keynote speaker

Michael (Acfalle Gumataotao) Tuncap

Michael Tuncap was born in the village of Aniguak, Guam and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Michael was the founding Director of the Pacific Islander Student Commission at UW Seattle in 2000 and co-founder of the PIONEER outreach program in 2001. He studied at the University of Virginia in 2000 as a research fellow with the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute. In 2001, he studied at the Goldman School of Public Policy as a research fellow with the Public Policy and International Affairs Institute. Michael graduated from UW Seattle with degrees in Communications and Political Science.

From 2003 to 2009, he taught Ethnic Studies courses to over 1,200 undergraduates at the University of California Berkeley. He received his M.A in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2005 and is currently completing his PH.D. Michael worked as a Lead Counselor for the TRIO SSS program at UW Seattle from 2009-10. From 2010-11, he worked as a coordinator and teacher for the TRIO Upward Bound program at Evergreen State College. He served as Chair of the Guam Delegation to the United Nations from 2008 to 2010. Michael is the founder of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute, a native research group working to implement PI curriculum in K-12 and higher education in the state of Washington. His most recent work is featured in Matamai: The Vasa in Us (2010), an anthology of indigenous writings from the Pacific Northwest. Tuncap serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green River College, with over 134 ethnic cultures and languages.


A listing of presentors will be available shortly.


Highline College is located at:

2400 South 240 Street, Des Moines, WA 98198

All Summit sessions will take place on the first floor of the Highline Sudent Union (Building 8)

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