Registration for the 2018 Summit is now closed.
Please email us if you have any questions.
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!
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 A. Christian serves as the Senior Program Associate for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, DC.
Reggie Rogers Jr
Reggie Rogers Jr grew up is from the Seattle area and attended Washington State University where he obtained his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. Rogers also received a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and in 2013 through thee Chi Alpha Alpha chapter became a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Rogers currently works for a non-profit organization called Treehouse working with youth in the Federal Way School district.
Darnell Rice is a native of St. Louis, Missouri a social entrepreneur, sexual assault survivor, and Mental Health Advocate. Darnell has over 10 years in Behavioral Health Services while living in the state of Arkansas and currently works for The Confess Project which mission is to target Men and Boys of Color in regards to Mental Health Awareness and Education. Darnell is trained to speak a healing justice framework with young men of color and ways that institutions and communities can build safe and inclusive spaces for them to live an overall quality of life.
Steven Akuffo is a social theorist, Pan-Afrikan thinker, student of Afrikan-Centered Psychology, and is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Capella University and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Steven has spent several years researching the effects of cultural trauma on youth aggression and antisocial behavior in black under-served communities. Steven has experience working with youth and families of color and has extensive training in both cultural competency and cultural relativism based models, as well as trauma-informed care interventions. Steven provides evidence-based and culturally-based solutions which includes an awareness of the importance of Afrikan culture and the benefits of developing an Afrikan cultural identity, which helps work towards the reduction of aggressive and antisocial behavior in black adolescents. Steven currently works as a psychiatric adolescent counselor for a Children's Long-Term Involuntary Placement (CLIP) program in Burien, WA.
In 2005 Clinton founded a consulting, training and speaking business company called Right State of Mind. Clinton has traveled across the country speaking at colleges, high schools, middle schools, youth academies, drug and alcohol facilities, correctional institutions and Fortune 500 companies. His peers herald Clinton as a powerful and engaging speaker/trainer, often referring to him as “Mr. Inspirational.”
Sean C. Puno is an award winning filmmaker who has worked in the film world of LA to the booming business market of Seattle. His years of experience has brought him to Highline College as the Program Manager for Multimedia Design. He hopes to provide students with the education and confidence to acquire a sustainable job in this creative industry.
Steve Primas, MSW
Steve Primas, MSW is a passionate advocate for youth and families, with a sincere desire to assist youth in discovering their desired potential through life skills, using a coach approach. Steve is a social worker at the Tacoma School of the Arts, where he advocates for student success, mediate student and teacher conflict, and provide student focused resources. He has over 15 years of social work experience in Child Welfare and has worked with countless families in crisis, coaching and empowering them to a place of hope. He embraces working with At-Risk youth, recognizing that At-Risk behaviors are often a symptom of childhood trauma stemming from family conflict. He coaches families through parent/child conflicts and reunification. Steve is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in children, youth, and families, he is a master in the art of interpersonal relationships.
Alan Jones, has roots in Newport News, VA and Aurora, CO. Played professional football on various levels and currently works at Washington State University, as a Senior Advisor 2 in the office of Student Financial Services. Co-Chair of the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition based in Spokane, WA ; and also a key member of the African American Graduation Celebration, which is held in Spokane annually. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, minor Marketing (Univ. of Wyoming) Currently working of Masters in Sports Management.
On stage or on the page, Richard’s remarkable display of transparency enables him to connect with audiences beyond the surface of the subject matter and continues to be the hallmark of his career. His inspiring message of hope and perseverance delivered with undeniable authenticity has helped to establish him as one of the most influential voices of this generation. A dynamic speaker, thought-provoking author, and passionate mentor, whichever platform he uses, Richard continuously proves himself to be an agent for change and an advocate for life.
Tuncap has born in Aniguak, Guam and was raised in Tacoma / Lakewood. Professor Tuncap has worked in education for 18 years as a professor, counselor, adviser, program manager and director of diversity at GRCC, Highline, NWIC, SPSCC, UW Seattle, UC Berkeley, City College of San Francisco & the Evergreen State College.
Conrad (Trayvon) is a doctoral student at the University of Washington-Tacoma studying educational leadership and currently, serves as a College Preparatory advisor at Auburn Mountainview High School where he provides high school students with academic and college planning support to equip them with the tools to successfully navigate the college admissions process. His position also includes delivering content resources group mentoring through the Hometown Mentor Program. Committed to academic achievement, Conrad uses storying telling as a form of liberation through education, his work inspires audiences to use their lens to visualize their power to organize change.
Polo DeCano, Ph.D.
I work as an educator to promote resilience and wellness in a range of spaces and in various capacities. I'm a native Seattleite with family roots that have a history in Seattle of over 100 years. I currently serve as a Lead for Curriculum Development at the UW Resilience Lab; provide therapy in private practice; serve as an instructor for existing and aspiring college coaches to promote team and athlete wellness; and work as a resilience coordinator and developer for two youth development programs. My wife is amazing and I'm lucky to have a host of loving and supportive family and friends.
Aaron Reader, born and raised in Oakland, CA moved to Washington in 1997. After high school he attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh NC, where he received his BA in Psychology and received his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle. Aaron has worked in higher education for the past 10 years. He is the Dean of Student Success at Renton Technical College. In addition to his work in higher education he has a passion for poetry and spoken word. Aaron has been recognized as a local spoken word artist who has a powerful, emotional, real, and conscious style. He facilitates workshops on creative writing with an emphasis on social justice.
Joshua explores the societal constructs placed on Communities of Color and Queer Communities to continue to raise awareness and create change. Joshua has spoken and led multiple workshops at the Washington State Students of Color Conference, keynoted at the Links and Alliances conference, Queer I Am conference, Annual American Counseling Association, Pima College and Black and Brown Male Summit. Joshua has also worked with Edmonds School District to adopt a program centered around Culturally Responsive Practice when working with the Queer Community. Joshua leads and consults college campuses to be more inclusive of LGBTQIA+ Communities creating climate change and working with Title IX challenges. He has served on the board of directors for Gay City Men’s Health Project in Seattle, WA and is currently a faculty member at Highline College teaching courses including “The Queer Experience” and Cultural Competency Practices. He also teaches “Social Justice”. Joshua holds Associate faculty status with Seattle University where he teaches in the College of Education Graduate Counseling Program. Joshua owns a private practice in Seattle where he provides therapeutic services for individuals, males of color and couples in the queer and straight community. You may have seen him as a regular guest on the morning news for Q13 as an expert therapist sharing his thoughts around grief, violence, toxic masculinity and other topics. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University and his Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University.
Justino Mora is an immigrant rights activist, entrepreneur, self-taught software engineer, and co-founder of UndocuMedia. In 2015, Justino graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science becoming the first member in his family to graduate from college. In the summer of 2000, Justino and his family immigrated to the United States from Mexico to find refuge from extreme poverty and domestic violence. Justino began organizing with IDEAS at Mt. San Antonio College, the first undocumented student support group on campus, and eventually with the CA Dream Network (CDN) and CHIRLA. Justino helped lead and organize the statewide campaigns that culminated in the passage of the CA Dream Act and other pro-immigration legislation and policies. In 2012, Justino played an important role in the “Right to Dream” campaign that proved pivotal in pressuring the Obama Administration to grant deferred action (DACA) to undocumented youth. Through his advocacy, Justino has helped thousands of undocumented youth apply for DACA, find scholarship resources, apply to college, and become activists themselves. In May 2013, Justino was one of seven immigrant rights activists who were invited to share their story and discuss immigration reform with President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Oval Office. Justino also participated in the FWD.us DREAMer Hackathon and DEBUG DC Growathathon in November 2013 and June 2014, respectively. At these two hackathons, Justino shared his story and ideas on how to use technology to push for immigration reform with several Silicon Valley leaders including the founders of Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Groupon. Justino also co-founded Push4Reform and Text4Reform, two web and text-messaging platforms that allow people to contact their representatives and engage in online advocacy to push for immigration reform. Through UndocuMedia, Justino leverages the power of social media and tech to lift inform and educate the masses on immigration and other social justice issues. He also leverages the UndocuMedia platform to uplift the stories of the immigrant community and advocate for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. Learn more about Justino.
Willard C. Jimerson Jr.
Willard C. Jimerson Jr. is a prominent youth advocate, crime
interventionist, and a Race Relation's Strategist working throughout Seattle and South King County. Willard received his certification in Sociology and Philosophy from Ohio University and graduated top of his class from Bellevue College. In his professional work as a Program Manager at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Willard oversee’s a transformational process under the national model Credible Messengers called GROOM which stands for Gifted Regardless Of Oppressive Methods. In this capacity, Willard and his team works with youth between the ages of 12-24 who are justice involved or at-risk of justice involvement. Willard also serves as a catalyst in doing reentry work for youth and adults who are deemed the hardest to reach and most underserved. Willard also provides enriching, informative, and culturally relevant workshops and trainings with the King County Credible Messengers Initiative all in the interest of disrupting and dismantling the school-to- prison-pipeline.
Deionte Petty, 25 year old Seattle U alumni, is a Seattle native and community member. He's focused on youth development in the community for the past 7 years, and providing economic and education opportunities to others. Currently a Program Manager at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, he hosts youth mentor-ship groups 3 times a week and manages a workforce development program designed to get people to work at an accelerated pace. Deionte also coaches at Cleveland High school in hopes to contribute towards young athlete's success post high school.
Kendrick Glover is the founder and Executive Director of Glover Empower Mentoring; a mentoring program open to youth and young adults ages 12 to 24. Kendrick got his official start in mentoring with the Police Activities League (P.A.L.) in 2009, which is 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 for King County Drug Diversion Court as a Wraparound Coordinator. Kendrick served as a school counselor at Kent Meridian High School in Kent Washington for three academic school years, and as a Program Manager for the Puget Sound College and Career Network at Puget Sound Educational Service District, in where the work focused on getting first generational and low-income students access to college and career. Kendrick’s passion is education and youth in where he currently serves as an educator working as an adjunct faculty member at City University in the Albert School of Education. He also is an active youth advocate involved in County wide initiatives including the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee. 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.
Dominique Davis is Founder and CEO of Community Passageways, where he works to improve racial parity in schools, prisons and communities. He sits on the King County Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee where he works with King County Superior Court judges to address racial inequity in the juvenile justice system, Our Best Advisory Council to advise the Mayor and City leaders on a long-term strategy to support young black male achievement, and the Budget for Justice coalition, making recommendations in the City budget for investments in effective community alternatives to incarceration. He has previously served as Co-Director of the 180 Program, which was named 2015 Best New Nonprofit by Seattle Foundation and Seattle Met Magazine under his leadership. Dominique received the NW Justice Forum's 2017 Restorative Justice Award and was recently named one of the Most Influential Seattleites of 2017 by Seattle Magazine. He also enjoys being a coach and personal trainer in the community.
Samad Aidane, MSc, PMP
Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, consultant, and coach. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government technology implementation projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica.
Samad is an instructor at Oregon State University where he teaches two courses he developed on Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence for the Leadership Development Certificate Program. He holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. Samad is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP). He has provided training for organizations such as King County, Seattle Goodwill, Nike, Emirate Airlines, and T-Mobile. His current Ph.D. research interest in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from social and cultural neuroscience informs our understanding of the effect of culture on emotions, cognition, and behavior and their practical application to leadership and Cultural Intelligence development.