Black and Brown Summit

Reviving Our Roots Through Courageous Conversations

December 11, 2021, 9am-1pm — Highline College



RECHARGE: dis(Connect) to re(Connect)


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.

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Free Admission  •  Free Breakfast and Lunch  •  Free Enlightenment


Agenda for the 2021 Summit coming soon

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration: with grab & go snacks available
9:00 - 9:15am Opening Ceremonies: MC Loyal Allen Jr.
9:15 - 10:30am Keynote Address with Q&A: George “TheConsciousLee” Lee
Research Over MESEARCH

Black and Brown people’s labor and culture has not only been the fuel for the engine of America, but in many instances we’ve been the literal engine of AMERICA itself. On the internet, and more specifically social media, our cultural labor influence is illustrated. We are hustled. The art of “The Hustle” on social media is understanding how we are positioned on the internet. According to statistics there are currently 3.78 billion social media users worldwide, and specifically among US adults, 84% of those are aged 18–29. Social media and the internet have changed the way we live our lives forever. We share everything on social media from accomplishments to shortcomings, we celebrate births and mourn deaths, we even support some politics while protesting others, all on different social media apps. We will explore how our mental health, self-discovery, and motives are impacted by the internet.

10:45am - 12:00pm
Christian Paige
Trust the Gift: The Story, The Tools, The Sauce

In this workshop, students will learn how Black artists, speakers and writers have changed the world. From King to Holiday, Malcom to Cole our words have always held weight. The workshop will focus on helping young people tell their story, control their own narrative, and own their identity in world that attempting to do it for them. The content will focus on the essential question - What story do you have the moral responsibility to tell?

Robert Britten
Letting go of poor Connections to Supercharge your Future

This workshop will discuss disconnecting from negative influences and behaviors to recharge and reconnect with humanity and self: We will ask the questions: • What do Black and Brown males need to disconnect, recharge and reconnect? • What will we do with the tools once we have them in our hands? • What is our responsibility to self and community? • How do I build a network of connections that empower me to do better? Workshop participants will engage in discussions around overcoming the consequences of poor decision making and how to repair harm done to self and others.

Joey Adams
Recharge and Remix That!

This workshop would provide a space for our Black and Brown males to share what their experiences have been like especially while navigating the current pandemic. It would be filled with elements of love and support to these students while provide ideas and resources that best support them as they recharge themselves through self care and empowerment to know that they bring so much value to themselves, their families and their community!

Michael Tuncap
E RACEing Hate: a Matao Mixtape for Men of Color

How do we manifest a new understanding of manhood for 2022? Students will focus on building adaptable skill sets to help them control emotions when faced with discomfort, concerns, or difficult interactions with others. What is mindfulness and how can it improve our personal development? Youth will learn new communication strategies and how to embrace their unique cultural knowledge and family heritage with a college & career pathway. We will teach youth how to start or enhance local student organizations, create student programs and advocate for Ethnic Studies classes on campus.

Luis Ortega
The Power of Your Story: Heart, Healing, Hope

In this workshop we will explore the power fo your stories. Community organizer Marshal Ganz said it best, "Stories communicate our values through the language of the heart and it is what we feel—our hopes dreams, and values—not simply what we know that can inspire others to act." We will discuss why and how storytelling is a leadership practice that can invite us to connect, heal, and hope together. Participants will also learn a storytelling framework to help them develop their own leadership stories.

12:15 - 12:45pm Finding Purpose in Quiet Times: We will close out this day with a message from Rashad Norris (Brother Rashad)
12:45 - 1:00pm Closing
1:00pm Grab & go lunch


Registration for the 2021 Summit is now closed.

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:

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?


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.

keynote speaker

George “TheConsciousLee” Lee

Social media sensation George Lee isn’t your typical corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion instructor. With over a million followers and over 40 million likes on his TikTok channel “TheConsciousLee”, this intellectual debating, hip hop dancing, thought-provoking, and workshop facilitating keynote speaker proves that Black intellectuals don’t have to play respectability politics to deliver a message that resonates.


Luis Ortega

Luis Ortega is a multidisciplinary storyteller, social practice artist, educator, and the founder and director of Storytellers for Change. His work and projects have been featured at the Harvard DACA Seminar, HBO’s “Where Do You Exist?” podcast, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Most recently, Luis was selected as a W K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network Fellow, a Kauffman Foundation Disruptor Series Speaker, and has launched his first visual media book project, We the Changemakers: A Call to Liberate Narratives.

Migetu (Michael) Tuncap

Tuncap has worked in education, entrepreneurship & non-profit mangagement at the local, state and international levels since 1998. Professor Tuncap was the 2017 Washington State Emerging Leader Award for his career of service in student affairs, instruction, research, community engagement, and institutional advancement. Since 2008, Tuncap has been regarded as one of the Northwest experts on racial equity as a trainer & keynote speaker for over 59,000 people from over 118 universities, colleges & conferences in the United States, Canada & the Pacific Islands.

Joseph (Joey) Adams

Hello my name is Joseph Adams and I am an African American male who has worked in Education for just over 10 years now at both the K-12 and Higher Ed Community College levels with the bulk of that experience in the Information Technology field. During that time I made intentional efforts to develop my leadership skills leading with EDI and getting involved with the community to support our BIPOC students, faculty and staff which allowed me the opportunity to recently accept the position of becoming the new Student Life Director at my current institution.

Robert Britten

Robert Britten is an accomplished Writer/Author, Educator, Advocate and Mentor: Robert currently serves as the Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Lake Washington Institute of Technology and a past recipient of The Alan Spence Scholarship Award. Robert is a past graduate of The Social Justice Leadership Institute, The Administrators of Color Leadership Program and serves on The Faculty and Staff of Color Planning Committee to support the educational and leadership efforts of Staff and Faculty of Color in Higher Education. He is also a Trained Facilitator in Dependable Strengths. He has served in the US Armed Forces and has formal work experience as a Human Resources Manager, and a Corporate Recruiter and is an accomplished speaker, trainer and workshop designer & presenter. As a progressive thought leader, in 2017 Robert wrote and published 2 books (No Time Like the Present and When Leadership Matters).

Christian Page

Christian Paige is an Emmy nominated poet, an educator and a passionate community advocate. For the last decade Christian has dedicated himself to eliminating barriers for students in education. As a writer, Paige believes in the responsibility to speak truth to power and to creatively challenge broken ideologies. He is currently the President of Fifth Stone Collective Co, a Teacher at School of the Arts in Tacoma, and a spoken word poet that performs across the US.

Summit DJ: Ismail Yusuf

Ismail Yusuf is a first-generation Ethiopian/Somali-American creative, community builder, entrepreneur and tech consultant. Growing up between the 206 and 253, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS and Highline College in 2009 and 2011, respectively. During his time at Highline, he was heavily involved in the Multi-Cultural Services department as a student employee of the Inter-Cultural Center. This experience inspired him to attend the best HBCU in the land, Alcorn State University in Southwest Mississippi. Upon his return to Seattle, he journeyed into the tech space as a technical recruiter and diversity leader, co-founding and leading the Black employee network at Zillow Group and establishing partnerships with HBCUs across the country. He lives by the mantra, "Het Dee, Dai Dee" or "Do Good, Get Good" because as his mans Tony always says, "You ain't making moves unless you moving."


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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Please email us if you have any questions.