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Thursday, March 29 • 10:30am - 4:00pm
‘18 Til Affinity: The Hip-Hop Cypher and Affinity Groups for Equity in Education

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Hip-hop culture was born from low-income youth of color rebelling against a system that had rendered them all but invisible. As a result of the tenacity and power of hip-hop’s creativity, the culture has placed a premium on authenticity of voice and raw expression of self. In 1993, when Souls of Mischief dropped 93 ‘Til Infinity, they set the standard of ‘chill’ in hip-hop culture. As educators in 2018 we must set a standard of equity. In this deep dive, participants will begin or continue the ongoing process of self-reflection necessary for the kinds of equitable education that allow for every student to feel seen and heard. This session offers an intentional time for educators to come together to better understand how students are made to feel invisible and to uncover strategies for reversing that trend. Join us for a drum circle, conversations around identity, and the development of intentional affinity groups based on race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Warning: this will be uncomfortable.

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Sir Bailey

Goodwill comes through Good Education
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Martha Diaz

Founder / Director, Hip Hop Communiversity / Hip Hop Education Center
Martha Diaz (MD) is a seasoned community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, and educator. One of Women’s eNews distinguished 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, she has traversed the hip hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over... Read More →
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Michael Lipset

Director of Social Impact, High School for Recording Arts
Michael is the former Acting Executive Director of High School for Recording Arts Los Angeles and currently serves as Director of Social Impact for the growing High School for Recording Arts Charter Network Provider. He is the co-founder of The Palette Podcast, which covers the arts... Read More →

Thursday March 29, 2018 10:30am - 4:00pm PDT
HTE 129