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Student Services Annual Conference 2021

Let's Do the Right Thing Foothill 2021 Conference February 25 @ 9-4:30 pm


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Conference Objectives

  • To create a sense of urgency and to empower the student services division to “do the right thing” in serving our African American/Black students more adequately.
  • To highlight black excellence, apply an asset-based framework and to validate students as creators of knowledge and as valuable members of the college learning community.
  • To create a meaningful, safe, and brave place to discuss race.

Be ready for lunchtime entertainment with DJ HellaGood!

Meet DJ Hella GoodDomingo Reynolds (AKA DJ HellaGood) started spinning records in 1996. He is also known as MC Spidey in the Bay Area from his work with the Oakland-based hip hop crew, Psychokinetics. Psychokinetics has earned comparisons to OutKast and Common, and their superb writing skills that have earned them a John Lennon Songwriting Award and a Finalist Spot in The Independent Music Awards. SF Weekly describes the group as one that pushes the boundaries of what one expects from underground hip hop by weaving in funk, soul, and electronica.

DJ HellaGood has a loyal following and a reputation for both his spinning skills and his rap artistry.

Conference Program

Morning Session 9 a.m.–12:20 p.m.


Agenda Item

9:00 a.m.

Black Voices - Opening Video

Student Equity Ambassadors

Welcome & Conference Overview

Student Services Leadership Team

Morning Stretch Activity

9:40 a.m.

My Grandfather Was A Black Panther

Raven Hayes, Foothill Student

Keynote: Why Center Blackness?

Dr. Darrick Smith
Associate Professor, School of Education , University of San Francisco 

Introduced by Souleymane Yattara, Foothill Student

Courageous Conversations Protocol for How To Discuss Race

April Henderson
Director of EOPS/CARE & FYHS Programs 

11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions By Department

Facilitated by departmental deans/directors

11:40 a.m.

Mid-Morning Stretch Activity

America's Metamorphosis: The Effect On Our Work

Dr. Roosevelt Charles
Dean, Counseling Division

Lunchtime Break 12:20–1:15 p.m.

Live-streamed entertainment broadcast highlighting black excellence with DJ Hella Good  

Afternoon 1:15–4:30 p.m.


Agenda Item

1:15 p.m.

We’ve Been Waiting and are Ready for You: A Framework for Creating a Climate and Culture of Equity & Inclusion for Black Students.

Dr. Rogéair Purnell, Educator/Researcher
CEO RDP Consulting

Introduced by Thyra Cobbs, Foothill Student

2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

You will be placed into one of the following breakout sessions.

Entry: Hilda Fernandez 

Entry: Dokesha Meacham

Connection: Janie Garcia 

Connection: Isaac Escoto

Progress/Completion: Fatima Jinnah 

Progress/Completion: Chris Chavez

Advancement: Natalie Latteri 

Advancement: Amy Leonard 

Facilitated by Guided Pathways Leads

2:50 p.m.

Afternoon Stretch Activity

3:10 p.m.

Closing Keynote: The Teenager Who Needed An Armed Guard To Go To School

Minnijean Brown-Trickey

Introduced by: Jess Taylor, Foothill Student

Q&A Facilitated by: JP Schumacher, Dean of Disability Resource Center/Veterans Resources Center and Leticia Maldonado, Dean of Student Affairs and Activities

4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions By Department – Connecting It All To Black Lives Matter Action Plan

Facilitated by departmental deans/directors

4:25 p.m.

Closing Comments

Dr. Laurie Scolari, Associate Vice President of Student Services

4:30 PM


Speaker Biographies

Raven Hayes, Foothill Student

Raven HayesRaven Hayes is currently a second-year Foothill student studying psychology. She is a strong advocate in mental health awareness and a black activist. Her plans are to transfer to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) this fall and plans to attend medical school in the future with long term aspirations to be a doctor. 

Dr. Rogéair D. Purnell, President and CEO of RDP Consulting

PurcellDr. Rogéair D. Purnell is a researcher, evaluator, facilitator, and former grantmaker. She has designed, led and consulted on numerous high-profile studies and projects focused on advancing opportunity, promoting success, and catalyzing change. She is leveraged for her ability to navigate diverse communities, boards, businesses, and industries, including K-16 education, philanthropic foundations, and governmental agencies. And her intellectual commitment to unbiased analyses strengthens partnerships and equips organizations with sound insights for establishing and achieving significant milestones. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked for non- and for-profit organizations where she effectively managed difficult conversations and built consensus. She thrives when collaborating with her client partners to ensure justice. Dr. Rogéair Purnell launched RDP Consulting in 2009 to offer culturally competent, equity driven, and asset-based research, evaluation, and coaching to nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. She brings over twenty-five years of professional experience as a program director, grantmaker, researcher, evaluator, and facilitator. As a director, she coordinated a program for 16 to 20-year-olds who had left high school to complete community college courses to earn both college credit and a high school diploma. As a program officer, she supported efforts to improve high school completion rates and postsecondary opportunities for low-income youth. As a research associate with both for- and non-profit research organizations, Dr. Purnell helped design and implement research on and evaluation of initiatives to improve employment and health, to prevent teen pregnancy, and to increase completion rates for community college students. Dr. Purnell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University, as well as a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social work and social psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she was selected as one of the 45 Faces of A Better Chance, an organization dedicated to substantially increasing the number of people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in U.S. society. 

Dr. Darrick Smith, Professor,
University of San Francisco

Darrick SmithDr. Darrick Smith is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco and Co-Director of the School of Education’s new Transformative School Leadership (TSL) program. His research interests are culturally responsive discipline practices; critical pedagogy; transformative school leadership, and social justice schooling. Dr. Smith is the founder and former Director of the TryUMF program in Oakland, CA and formerly served as the Co-Director/Principal of the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. He has served as a trainer and administrative coach in local school districts as well a Center Director under the Foundation for California Community Colleges- the system for which he still consults as a trainer for the statewide Professional Learning Network. Nationally, Dr. Smith also currently serves as a national consultant for the Now is the Time Technical Assistance (NITT-TA) Center funded through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Internationally, Dr. Smith serves as a professor to practitioners serving within the East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools and recently served as a lecturer and scientific reviewer for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) 12 the International Summer School in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Smith’s pathway has led him to speak at a number of national and statewide conferences on issues of educational reform as well as work in California’s correctional facilities while maintain his lifelong dedication to resistance efforts in the Greater Bay Area of Northern California. Such experience has shaped both his research agenda and his pedagogy for the last 20 years. 

Minnijean Brown-Trickey

Minnijean Brown-TrickeyIn 1957, Minnijean Brown-Trickey changed history by striding through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, she helped desegregate public schools—a milestone in civil rights history—and alter the course of education in America. Her talks are a sweeping exploration of social change and a reminder that the fight is far from over.

In the autumn of 1957, Minnijean Brown-Trickey took her rightful place in what had previously been a whites-only school. In front of a worldwide television audience, she walked past armed guards and an angry mob to help set America on the path toward desegregation in public schools. Incredibly, this was just the beginning of her fiery career as a social activist.

For her work, she has received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the Spingarn Medal, the Wolf Award, and a medal from the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, among other citations. Under the Clinton administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, for diversity. She has also appeared in two acclaimed documentaries: Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey and HBO’s Little Rock: 50 Years Later.

In her adult life, Brown-Trickey continues to be an activist for minority rights. She lived in Canada for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s, getting involved in First Nations activism and studying social work at Laurentian University.

If you would like to hear Minnijean Brown-Trickey speak again, this time with a Q&A session with students, please join the college-wide webinar the evening of the conference on Feb. 25 from 6 -7:30 p.m. Please see {insert link} for details

Additional Optional Sessions

Feb. 25 collegewide webinar with Minnijean Brown-Trickey at 6-7:30 p.m.

If you would like to hear Minnijean Brown-Trickey speak again, this time with a Q&A session with students, please join us the evening of the conference on Feb. 25 from 6–7:30 p.m. An optional calendar invite has been sent to all conference attendees. You may also see details on the BHM page.

March 4 follow-up session with Office of Equity and Inclusion at 2–3 p.m.

An optional drop-in Zoom follow- up session will occur on March 4 at 2–3 p.m. to allow participants to process all that was learned today. Facilitated by Adrienne Hypolite and Dr. Carolyn Holcroft, Office of Equity and Inclusion. An optional calendar invite has been sent to all attendees.