Registration for the 2016 Summit is now closed.
In order to create the best possible environment for growth, learning, and empowerment, please take note of the following:
- Please expect to stay for the entire summit
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided
- Both students AND adult chaperones need to register
- Please be prepared to be an active participant
- Any disruptive or disrespectful behavior during the summit, including excessive cell phone use, will not be excused
Although we have allowed 8th grade students to attend in previous years, the summit is now reserved for high school students only.
You are in for a tremendous day of enlightenment and fellowshipping. You young men deserve this day and this day is for you to be recognized as assets in our communities. Our mission at the summit is to have you leave knowing that you, your fellow classmates, and other young men of color have the ability to put posturing aside and work together to combat all stereotypes and perceptions.
I acknowledge that I have read the above statements, understand the summit’s expectations and mission, and am ready to engage and succeed!
Registration is Now Closed
Frequently asked Questions
Do I need to register for the summit?
YES. ALL ATTENDEES, BOTH STUDENTS AND ADULT CHAPERONES, MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND
When I tried to register, it said that registration had closed. Is there a waitlist I can get on?
Unfortunately, we are unable to have a waitlist for the summit. Registration is capped at our capacity plus 30 percent, which takes into account the substantial number of no-show attendees on the day of the summit.
I forgot to register/registration is closed. Can I just show up to the summit?
Only registered students will be guaranteed admittance to the summit. If an unregistered student shows up on the day of the summit, they will be required to wait in the will call area until all registered students have been processed. In the event that there is still space available after all the registered students have been admitted, unregistered students will be admitted in the order that they arrived. After we have reached capacity, any remaining unregistered students are required to leave the campus for liability purposes.
Why can’t middle school aged students attend?
Although we have allowed 8th grade students to attend in previous years, the summit is now reserved for high school students only for the following reasons:
Maturity level: The planning committee strives to bring presenters and topics to the summit that speak to current events and issues important to young students of color. As many of the topics discussed revolve around the dense and multi-faceted issue of social justice, many middle school students do not have the comprehension level needed to both engage in, and respect, this dialogue.
Behavior: Attending the summit requires students to have the strong personal responsibility and critical listening skills that are more common in older students; we simply do not have the staff or the ability to continuously monitor individuals who need to be reminded consistently to behave appropriately.
How long is the summit?
The summit is an all-day event, from approximately 8:00am to 4:00pm.
What if I arrive late?
We cannot facilitate late arrivals. Our registration and check-in tables open at 8:00 am sharp and close promptly at 9:15 am when the keynote speaker begins. IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER 9:15 AM, EVEN IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT.
Cost, Location, and Programming
How much does it cost to attend?
The summit is FREE to attend.
Where is the summit?
The student summit is located in the Student Union Building (Bldg 8) on the Highline College campus, with adult chaperone programming located in Building 7. Individual student workshops are held in various classrooms on campus; students are escorted by summit volunteers to and from these classrooms.
Do I need to bring my own food?
No. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for you.
What workshops will I be attending?
Workshops will be assigned as students are processed through the registration table the day of the summit.
I want to see a particular workshop presenter. How can I ensure a seat in his specific workshop?
To ensure equal workshop sizes, students are assigned a workshop. Students are not able to choose their workshops. However, workshop presentations are thoroughly screened by the Black & Brown Summit Planning Committee to ensure each workshop is equally informative, engaging, and impactful.
For Adult Chaperones
I’m an adult chaperone for a school/organization but I don’t know which students I’m bringing yet. Can I just hold some spots?
No. All attendees (both students and adults) must be registered individually to attend. We can NOT hold spots under any circumstances.
I’m a chaperone and some of the registered students I was supposed to bring can’t come. Can I substitute different students in their place?
No. If a student or adult has registered but is unable to attend, they cannot substitute another individual.
As a chaperone, will I stay with my student throughout the day?
No. Adult chaperones/attendees and students are on different activity tracks in different buildings. The summit is for the students and part of the impact of the summit comes from being able to have real, open dialogue. Please respect this space and understand that you will be reconnected with your students at the close of the summit.
I’m a chaperone who is bringing multiple students. Can I send you a list of the students attending instead of registering them all?
We greatly appreciate attendees or adult chaperones registering themselves and/or their students. Having attendees or chaperones directly enter their information increases accuracy, so we politely ask that you register attendees individually.
I want to see a particular workshop presenter. How can I ensure a seat in his specific workshop?
As the summit is geared focused and created for high school aged males, chaperones are not permitted to sit in on these workshops; adult chaperones are able to view the keynote speeches remotely but have a fixed adult chaperone agenda in an adjacent building.
This is a valuable, transformative event that I want to be a part of. How can I get involved?
If you would like to volunteer at next year’s Black and Brown, please contact Rashad Norris or Rickitia Reid.
My students received a t-shirt/lanyard/giveaway item. Do adult chaperones also receive giveaway items?
Unfortunately, adult chaperones are ineligible to receive giveaways. As Highline absorbs the entire cost of the summit, we decided to limit giveaways to students to increase the quality and quantity of items they receive.
Will all my students stay together if I bring a group of students?
One of the values of the summit is to encourage meaningful conversations and create new friendships. In order to facilitate this, students are assigned to workshops by individual rather than by school. Some students in you group may end up in the same workshop by chance, but it is highly unlikely that you student group will stay together for the entirety of the summit.
Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin is the author of 11 books, including Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays. In 2017, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur. Kevin's writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer.
Kevin routinely appears in interviews on television, radio, and in print and on the
internet discussing major issues of our time. As an activist, he is the president and
co-founder of BK Nation, a new national, progressive, multicultural organization
focused on such issues as education, civic engagement, leadership training, health
and wellness, social media, arts and culture, and job and small business creation.
Kevin was also a Democratic candidate for Congress in Brooklyn, New York, his
adopted hometown, in 2008 and 2010.
Kevin routinely travels nationally and globally as a public speaker, at colleges and
corporations, at various institutions, and a wide range of communities. Recent
speaking engagements include stops at Microsoft headquarters, Stanford University,
and the U.S. Department of Justice.On behalf of the U.S. State Department, he toured Japan lecturing on the
relevance of Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech in the 21st century.
As a pop culture curator, Kevin produced the first exhibit on the history of hip-hop
in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a humanitarian, Kevin's work includes local, national and
international initiatives to end violence against women and girls and he has done extensive philanthropic and relief work, ranging from
Hurricane Katrina to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to Superstorm Sandy in New
York, to his annual holiday party and clothing drive for the homeless every
December since 9/11. As an acknowledgement of Kevin's life of public service and his dedication to
literature and the arts, Cornell University recently became the owner of The Kevin
Powell Collection, documenting nearly 30 years of his work to date in print, photos,
videos, books, handwritten notes, speeches, and select memorabilia.
Additional Presenter Bios Coming Soon
Dr. Darryl Brice
Dr. Darryl Brice was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He attended Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, MD where he received his BS in Political Science and Justice Studies. He received his MA and PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Brice is currently an Instructor of Sociology and Diversity and Globalism Studies at Highline College where he has taught since 2003. While teaching at Highline College he was awarded tenure in 2007. In 2008, Highline College recognized him as Faculty Member of the Year. In 2007 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints honored him with the Teachers Assisting in Discovery award. In 2009 he was the recipient of the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Development) Excellence Award. In addition, Darryl has appeared in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
John Eklof is a public speaker, poet and educator from Lakewood, Washington. He has dedicated his life to social justice and uplifting the consciousness of his community. John has spent the past 7 years traveling around the country speaking at universities, high schools and open mics sharing the message of changing the world. He works at South Seattle College as the Cultural Center Coordinator, the Wing Luke Museum and writes for the International Examiner.
Jose S. Gutierrez Jr., M.Ed
Mr. Gutierrez is an educator and journalist who has taught and trained law enforcement and criminal justice courses at the university level. As a former law enforcement agent serving with award-winning and recognition bearing service, he has witnessed and studied the sharp contrast between excellent and poor service within law enforcement. His workshop includes coverage of the cognizance of attitudes, behaviors, abuse of position and authority of both citizens and law enforcement and finally, he offers solid and immediately applicable solutions to the problems and issues presented in his presentation.
Clinton is heralded as one of the most powerful and engaging Inspirational Speakers and Life Development Professionals on the speaking circuit today. Clinton is referred to by his peers as Mr. Inspirational. Clinton has spoken too and conducted hundreds of high energy workshops locally, regionally at Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools, Youth Academies, Drug and Alcohol facilities, Prisons, Correctional Institutions and Fortune 500 companies. In 2006 he founded Right State of Mind a consulting, training and speaking business dedicated to helping individual overcome obstacles and barriers that hold them back form reaching and maximizing their full potential in life. Currently Clinton is the program manager for the non profit organization Financial Beginnings a financial literacy program offering free financial literacy education classes for youth and adults in Washington State.
Marcus Harden is currently a Student & Family Advocate at Interagency Academy with Seattle Public Schools. Previously, he was the International Baccalaureate Outreach Manager for his alma mater (and greatest school in the known universe) Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washington. Marcus is a proud Seattle native with deep roots in the community and the state, and is passionate about mentoring and facilitating educational opportunities for students while honoring the families and communities they come from.
Brendan A. Nelson, CNP
Brendan has a passion for service, and this is demonstrated in his personal and professional life. He is dedicated to working with individuals to identify avenues for unimaginable success and serves as an outstanding role model. He has influenced the community with his ten plus years of solid experience involving youth mentorship, counseling, planning service projects and conducting workshops in collaboration with city and civic leaders, faith based organizations, private and public ventures throughout the state of Washington. Brendan is the President and Founder of Nvision Professional Services, a company that offers coaching for personal and professional development. He is truly a leader that believes in creating other leaders by discovering, developing, and deploying these individuals back out into our community, ready and eager for success.
Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University and his Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University. Joshua explores the societal constructs placed on communities of color and Queer communities as a way to continue to raise awareness and create change. Joshua has spoken and led workshops at the Students of Color conference, Queer I am conference, Annual American Counseling Association, Students of Color Conference and Black and Brown Male Summit. Joshua serves as committee chair for the LGBTQIA Task Force at Highline Community College and served on the board of directors for Gay City Men’s Health Project. Currently a faculty member at Highline College teaches courses including “The Queer Experience” and also Cultural Competency Practices. Joshua also owns a private practice in Seattle where he provides therapeutic services for individuals and couples in the queer community and for communities of color. Joshua believes the developmental process a road that is never paved or well-traveled; the way we travel it and experience it is what makes us marvel at the amazing products along the way.
Philip "Sharp Skills" Jacobs
Philip "Sharp Skills" Jacobs earned his BA degree in business administration from Seattle Pacific University in 2008. Jacobs has leveraged his unique skillsets to become a professional leadership speaker, hip hop artist, author (Accuracy, Rebel Firm Books/Trafford Publishing, 2014), and entrepreneur. Jacobs has delivered keynotes, workshops, and performances for several colleges and universities. His music has been featured in major films and television shows such as The Mindy Project, America's Next Top Model, Takers, Bones, Nakita, and more. He is Cal State Long Beach University's 2011 Battle of the Beats Champion. Sharp, as many call him, is an avid reader (mostly on the topics of leadership, business, and personal development), NBA fan, and loves action movies (his favorites are 300 and Gladiator). He lives in Auburn, WA with his wife and two sons.
Christian Paige is an educator, keynote speaker, higher education administrator, and a voice for his generation. He is a first generation college graduate who has committed himself to empowering others to reach for goals that are larger than themselves. Christian’s passions have led him to a career in higher education and founding a non-profit called the HOPE initiative. He specializes in mentoring and cultivating equitable young leaders that become agents of change in their communities. He speaks on topics such as leveraging diversity, equitable leadership, and cultivating inclusive environments. Christian has spoken at The Governors Prayer Breakfast, The Secretary of State’s Combined Fund Drive kick off, The Washington Student Achievement Council, Pave the Way Conference for Educators, The Department of Licensing Leadership Conference, The Q Commons regional conference, The Attorney General’s Professional Conference, The “SeaJustice” Conference, Multiple College Commencements, Various schools and youth groups, and graduating classes in the Hickman Mills school District. He has shared the stage with Governor Jay Enslee, Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young, Eugene Cho, and World Vision President Richard Stearns.
Jesse Elijah Johnson
Jesse currently serves as the Secondary Success &College Readiness Project Specialist for Highline Public Schools providing opportunities to empower families to intentionally support their students in planning and preparing for on time graduation and successful matriculation to postsecondary education. He received his Masters in Education and Program Administrator certification through the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington while also serving as a Family Engagement Coordinator in Seattle Public Schools. He is passionate about building infrastructure for school, family, and community partnerships geared toward college and career preparation for middle and high school students. In addition, He has facilitated parent academies teaching how to navigate the school system and effectively advocate for students through a social justice lens. Previous to his work in Seattle Public Schools, he was a College Coach at Garfield High School and African-American Outreach Coordinator at the University of Washington developing programs such as the Young, Gifted &Black and Essence of Success Conferences.
Kendrick Glover is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Glover Empower Mentoring Program (G.E.M.). Kendrick is from Natchez, Mississippi and growing up he loved to play basketball, baseball, and shoot pool. Kendrick got his official start in mentoring with the Police Activities League (P.A.L.) in 2009, a national organization that focus on youth community involvement and mentoring. He worked in the field of politics as an Intern for King County Councilman Larry Gossett of District 2, and also for King County Drug Diversion Court as a Wraparound Coordinator. Kendrick served as a school counselor at Kent Meridian High School for three years, and as the Program Manager for the Puget Sound College and Career Network at Puget Sound ESD, where the focus was on getting first generational and low-income students access to college and career. Kendrick has his undergraduate degree from Seattle University in Criminal Justice, Master’s degree in Education with a Counseling Certificate from City University, and currently working on a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership.
John Gaines aka “John PUSH Gaines” is a former at-risk kid turned youth advocate. He has spoken at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches and schools. He has worked with groups of parents, educators, coaches & mental health professionals and has spoken to and inspired thousands of youth live! His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible and to help them realize that regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face, they can still PUSH to be the great human being that they were created to be. John attended East Central University where he graduated outstanding student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team! In addition, he graduated from Liberty University with a Master degree in Business Leadership and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Business Administration."
Natorius D. Ezell
Natorius is a Faculty at Highline College. Prior to that Natorius served as an intern of Instruction in the Sociology department. During that same time he worked as Program Assistant and Advisor for the Umoja Black Scholar’s program. Natorius also has worked at Hihgline's Women’s Programs and Workfirst Services and the Counseling Center. He also served as an Ambassador for TRIO and has worked on a number of projects with the Center for Leadership and Service. Natorius is an Ordained Minister at the Heart of David Christian Church where he serves as the Associate Pastor. While serving as Associate Pastor he also is the Sunday School Superintendent. Natorius has been involved with his church and the Kent Community for over ten years heading up various outreach programs for kids and food drives for needy families. Natorius Ezell has been a big Social Justice advocate in terms of opportunities and privileges within our society. Natorius holds a certificate as a Family Support Specialist, AAin Theology, AAS in Human Services, BA Theology, BA Sociology and a Master’s in Religious Education. He has dedicated most of his Higher Education time helping students aside from his own studies.
Dr. Tyson E.J. Marsh
Dr. Tyson E.J. Marsh is Associate Professor of K-12 Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice at Seattle University. A graduate of the University of Washington and the University of California – Los Angeles, before returning to the Pacific Northwest, Tyson worked at the University of New Mexico, Iowa State University, and resided in Egypt, working as a teacher, P-12 principal, and adjunct faculty in international education. A student/practitioner/scholar/activist of color from a working-class background, Tyson is committed to social justice from the ground up. Dr. Marsh’s work is situated within critical theories of praxis focusing on race, racism and intersectionality. As a product of the hip hop generation, he believes that the struggle for racial and economic justice begins with the voices of youth and communities silenced within and beyond P-20 education, and other colonial/imperialist projects.
Evan is from Yakima, Washington. A graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications & Sociology, a minor in Diversity. He traveled throughout his college years through Study Abroad and Self Research studies in the Caribbean and Hawaii. Evan is pursuing a career as a State Farm Agent in the Capitol Hill area. The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. He will be leading and encouraging team members to reach their highest potential in sales and financial services. His passion for developing an educated and business savvy younger generation drives him to get in front of as many young people as possible. Evan believes that the construction of wealth in our communities and families is one of the leading solutions to the problems facing us today.
Daniel Atkinson, Ph.D.
Daniel Atkinson received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, Seattle and is currently an independent scholar. His research focus is on African American vernacular expression and its interaction with the global landscape. His dissertation research was conducted at the former slave plantation turned world's largest prison, Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. This research is now housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American history and Culture. He is currently working on the first historical biography of Vaudevillian and founding father of the Harlem Renaissance, George W. Walker (1872-1911).
Matt comes from a family that is rooted in the islands of Manu'a and Tutuila in American Samoa. After graduating high school in Lawton, Oklahoma, he went to the Air Force Academy before finishing his bachelor's degree at the University of Washington as an Honors student. Inspired by his work with the Our Future Matters Pacific Islander Youth Advocacy Group, Matt chose to go into education and earned a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. Today, he considers himself fortunate to be teaching English at Decatur High School in Federal Way, WA while still maintaining his dedication to his family, his involvement in youth development in the South King County region, and his faith community.
Toka was born and raised in the island Kingdom of Tonga before migrating to the United States at age 14. His personal experiences in U.S. schools started at Kent Meridian High School and all the way through the University of Washington which has helped him with an acute awareness of the empowering experiences our K-20 system provides but especially of the critical points where our students need opportunities the most. Today he serves as Manager for Leadership Programs at the UW Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and is a staunch Pacific Islander and youth community advocate in South King County.
Michael Tuncap was born in Aniguak, Guam and raised in South Tacoma/ Lakewood. He was a Ralph Bunche fellow at the University of Virginia and earned his B.A in AES, Communications and Political Science from UW Seattle and his MA from UC Berkeley. He was the co-founder of the Student Ambassadors, UW LEADERS and the nation’s first Pacific Islander Student Commission. His 17 year career includes work in student affairs, instruction and institutional advancement from UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco, UW Seattle, Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound, Green River, Northwest Indian College and Tuncap now serves at Highline College. He served 3 years with the Guam Delegation to the United Nations 4th Committee on Decolonization. Tuncap became the first PI male director in WA state community and technical college history in 2012 and is featured in the book MATAMAI: THE VASA IN US.
From the Villalba and Juana Diaz areas of Puerto Rico, Michael Benitez was born in Ponce. He later moved to Washington Heights in Manhattan, NY and then onto to the Lehigh Valley of PA, where he spent his teen years. A first generation and low-income student, he completed his B.S. and M.Ed. at Penn State University and his Ph.D. at Iowa State University. Now a leading social justice educator/activist-scholar and highly sought out speaker and workshop leader at conferences and colleges across the nation, Dr. Benitez has authored book chapters and articles on topics of identity, cultural centers, ethnic studies, pedagogy and praxis in higher education, and hip hop culture, has been featured in educational documentaries, such as Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity (2012), and has appeared on talk shows such as Worlds Apart and Hard Knock Radio.
Oussama Alkhalili is a tenured professor at Highline College since 2005. Oussama serves as the president of Arab Center of Washington and Arab Chamber of Commerce of Washington State. Oussama is an advocate speaker against extremism and stereotyping of Muslims and the religion of Islam who made numerous presentations addressing these issues.
Fawzi Belal is a Sports Outreach Manager at Highline College and a mentor for Muslim youth in the community. Fawzi is an advocate for the Muslim students in the local High Schools and helps facilitate discussion between students and administrators, as well as help students respond and not react to micro aggressions and stereo types against Muslims.