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Event Details

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9AM - 4PM

Portland State University, Smith Center
1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR

Registration

Registration for the 2018 Black Student Success Summit  (BSSS) is reaching capacity. 

While online pre-registration closes on April 12, 2018, (so that we can order the right amount of lunches) you can still join us at the event. We will have onsite registration available on Saturday April 14, 2018.

Arrive early (before 9am) to register the day of the Summit. Find the registration desk on the 3rd floor in the Smith Memorial Center at Portland State University. 

 

Program

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE *SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

Start TimeEnd TimeActivityLocation
7:00am8:00amSET UP & MORNING VOLUNTEER CHECK-INSmith Memorial Student Union
(SMSU)
8:00am9:00amRegistration / Continental Breakfast
----->Music & Slides (8am-9am)
----->Keynote Check-in(8:30am-8:45am)
----->Speaker Check-in (9am-9:30am)
SMSU ⎯ Parkway North (1st Floor)
9:00am9:05amBlack National Anthem (Performance by Jefferson
Student)
SMSU Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9:05am9:10amWelcome......Noni Causey : Call to the Ancestors
---->Welcome to PSU......Yoluhnda Mosely
SMSU Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9:10am9:30amKeynote......Haley Marie NormanSMSU Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9:30am9:40amWho is in the House?......Marshawna WilliamsSMSU Ballroom (3rd Floor)
9:45am10:35amSession 1 | Career & College WorkshopsSMSU Ballroom, 2nd & 3rd Floor
10:45am11:35amSession 2 | Career & College Workshops
----->Vendor Set-up (10:45am-11:30am)
SMSU Ballroom, 2nd & 3rd Floor
11:45am2:45pmCollege | Career Fair (11:45pm-245pm)
Block 1 Lunch: Yellow (11:45am-12:40pm)
----->HBCU Fair (12:40 pm-1:35pm)
Block 2 Lunch: Red (12:40pm-1:35pm)
Fair:
SMSU Ballroom
Lunch:
Caucus Spaces
1:45pm2:35pmSession 3 | Career & College Workshops
----->ENTERTAINMENT CHECK-IN & SOUND
CHECK (2:30pm-2:45pm)
SMSU Ballroom, 2nd & 3rd Floor
2:45pm3:35pmSession 4 | Career & College Workshops
----->GREEK CHECK-IN (3:35pm-3:40pm)
SMSU Ballroom, 2nd & 3rd Floor
3:45pm4:10pmEntertainment & Raffle......Glenn WacoSMSU Ballroom (3rd Floor)
    

Keynote Speaker

Hayley Marie Norman

Hayley Marie Norman is an American film and television actress known for numerous roles including the critically acclaimed Top Five, as well as Fired Up, Hancock, Beyond the Lights, Trailer Park of Terror, Our Family Wedding, Norbit. Aside from features films, she has also stars in several television shows including recurring roles ABC's Selfie, on the Starz cable network series Crash in which she acted opposite Dennis Hopper, and BET's long running The Game. She was also seen on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Bones, and New Girl, amongst numerous others.

Hayley is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, She has written, produced, and starred in several online videos and sketches that have garnered millions of views individually. Her videos have been featured on the front page of Funny Or Die where they were named one of the "Best of 2014".

Hayley's lecture on Race, Gender, and Hollywood is popular on college campuses.

Feature Presentation

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Founded by Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an award winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Khalid has been called the "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement.  The Black History 101 Mobile Museum has traveled to 28 states and over 300 institutions including colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, conferences, libraries, museums, festivals, religious institutions, and cultural events.

Over the past two years, Khalid and his Mobile Museum have joined forces with BEAM in creating a deep-rooted movement in the Portland school districts.  They have designing and implemented (2) culturally specific Conferences “Middle Passage to Education Conference (MP2Ed)” that is providing an orientation to high school for Black and Biracial Middle School students and their parents.

They are now expanding the MP2Ed, into a 6 week their current BSTRONG Rites of Passage Pilot Program. The curriculum is culturally sustaining content not generally covered in school, that nurtures cultural knowledge and pride. Namely, in addition to learning general Black history via artifacts, students will also dialogue in depth about the 15 Black awardees of the Nobel Peace Prize and complete projects that highlight Black achievements. Students will each be given a portfolio of materials covered in the workshops with space for journaling that they will use to create a personal roadmap for their academic career.

SESSION 1 | 9:45 – 10:35 AM

 Name/LocationSession Description
Making and
Managing Money
Room (TBA)

Brand Identity: Graphic Designers and Marketers Who are Changing The Way We See The World: Are you creative and business-minded? Come learn about careers in advertising,
marketing and branding.

● What makes a good slogan?
● What is a good procedure for coming up with a slogan for your personal brand or product?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful in the industry (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses, inspirational or technical books to read)?
● What are the qualities and skills necessary for being successful?

Presenters: Don Badie (Intel), and Jamaal Hale (Good Green Print)

Healthcare
Room (TBA)

Another route to healthcare/social work: Not all jobs in healthcare involve surgery. Learn about jobs in healthcare other than being a medical practitioner.

● What are the qualities and skills necessary for careers in healthcare?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses, inspirational or technical books to read)?
● What are the main challenges and tips for success you have learned while in college (e.g., what courses or experiences were most useful)?
● In what ways does your job help your community (in both small and large ways)?

Presenters: Ebony Lawrence (Kaiser), Dr. Clifford Meeks (Naturopathic Practitioner), Mattie Khan (Doulah), National University of Natural Medicine representative, Pam Weatherspoon (facilitator)

Stand Up for Change
In Your Community
Room (TBA)

Your City Your Job: There are many career options for work as a city employee. Come learn how you can be a scientist, engineer, social worker or many other professions while contributing to your community.

● How does your organization assist in making Portland or Oregon a better place to live?
● What are the benefits of being a city or state employee?
● How does your job speak to your personal and professional goals? Are there specific ways your job positively impacts the Black community or Black Portlanders?
● What college degrees or educational pathways would lead to work in your organization?

Presenters: PGE, NW Natural, Corbett White (City Water)

Science, Technology,
Engineering, Creative
Arts/Design,
Mathematics / Trades
(STEAM)
Room (TBA)

Do you have the STE(A)M that it takes to go far? (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) (ALL) Working in a technical environment is both rewarding, and lucrative. Explore these possibilities by interacting with Intel professionals and their demos on tech in their workplace.

● What are the qualities and skills necessary for careers as STE(A)M professionals?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses, inspirational or technical books to read)?
● What are the main challenges and tips for success you have learned while in college (e.g., what courses or experiences were most useful)?
● What are the challenges you face specifically because you are a Black STE(A)M professional?

Presenters: Steven Callender, Andrea Johnson, Latoya Bailey, Oteri Oghoghomeh, Damola Omotosho – (Intel)

Making it Through
School
Room (TBA)

I would not hire you either: HR Panel Tells the Truth

● You may think you aced that interview but you never find out why the offer for the job of your dreams went to another applicant. Could it by your social media, your voicemail?
● Oregon says it is legal and I am 18 now, why can’t I?

Our lineup of Human Resources and management professionals will provide tools and tips that can deliver an edge for your next interview and conversations on how to stay there.

Presenters: Diane Avery (City of Portland), and Carlee Smith (Parks & Rec), Summer Works Program representative, Dion Jordon ( Multnomah County)

Making it Through School
Room (TBA)
Understanding Graduate School: In this session we outline the pros and cons of an advanced degree and discuss the option available. We will also review the typical admissions process for graduate programs, explore scholarships and funding options, how to choose the right graduate program, share tips for becoming the best applicant possible, and learn about what your experience could be as a graduate student. Expectations of work.Presenters: Jennifer Brown – Vice Provost and Dean for the Graduate School, Oregon State University
Business Matters
Room (TBA)

Building The Business of You: Discovering your strengths and investing in yourself as an on-going process. The valuing of your unique diversity and who you are and what you do as a key asset. Creating your own pathways to success. Degrees open the door what you do on the other side of it is up to you!

Presenters: Bryant Campbell (Business Oregon), Nancy Thomas (OHA), Frederick Jones (Pfizer)

SESSION 2 | 10:45 – 11:35AM

Making and
Managing Money
Room (TBA)

Entrepreneurship: If you want to be in charge of your own business, or are passionate about entrepreneurship, then this workshop is for you. Come learn how to take your ideas and transform them into rewarding business ventures

● What are the main challenges and tips for success you have learned while starting and growing your business?
● What are the qualities and skills necessary for being successful?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses,
inspirational or technical books to read)?

Presenters: Danny Moore (Stoopid Burger), Demetrius Watts, Sheila Randell (Office Administration Services), Chaunci King (Royalty Spirits)

Healthcare for You
Room (TBA)

Mental Health: How to thrive as a Black person in White spaces

● What are good coping strategies for adjusting to exclusive school and work environments?

● How do you handle micro or macro-aggressions in your professional
life?

● What suggestions do you have for furthering your career without losing your sense of self?

Presenters: Dr. Shay Lott (OHSU), and Michael Braxton (Empowerment Clinic)

Community Building
Room (TBA)

Breaking the pipeline to prison: Learning the system and how to stay out of it

● Know your rights
● Understanding how your behavior/actions can get you locked up
● Navigating school success as a necessity to keeping your
freedom

Presenters: Johnny Demus, & Rodrick Edwards (OYA) and Dionne Preston (BEAM)

Science, Technology,
Engineering, Creative
Arts/Design,
Mathematics / Trades
(STEAM)
Room (TBA)

Media? Lies and Liars: Don’t trust the media to tell our story. Media portrayals of Black people have perpetuated stereotypes. Come learn the history and how you can change the future through a career in the media.

● What is the history of media contributing to racism and
xenophobia?
● When has media gotten it correct and how can we contribute to making sure media is less bias in future?
● What impact(s) can students make if they pursue careers in media?
● What are the challenges associated with being a Black
professional in media? How do you handle those challenges?

Presenters: Mims Rouse (Coalition of Black Men), John Washington (Flossin’ Media) and Ifanyi Bell (Open Signal)

Making it Through School
Part1
Room (TBA)

Freshmen and Sophomores: Starting Right to Finishing Strong: A roadmap to be prepared for college. Come and learn which courses, subjects, and skills you need to attend the college of your choice. Classes matter, GPA matters, preparation matters. Take control of your future, don’t allow lack of knowledge to trip you up.

Presenters: Marshawna Williams and Marlon Marion (PSU), Stephanie Phillips (DHS)

Making it through school
Part2
Room (TBA)

Juniors and Seniors: Choosing post high school options

● How do students select the educational pathway that is right for them?
● What are the ramifications of switching majors?
● Where can students go to get academic or personal help at school? (e.g., TRiO programs or career services)
● What do you do if you are leaving high school without AP credits?

Presenters: Sky Wilson (WSU), Traci Simmons (PCC), workforce development representative

Life After School
Room (TBA)

Understanding Law School: In this session we outline the pros and cons of an advanced degree and discuss the option available. We will also review the
typical admissions process for graduate programs, explore scholarships and funding options, how to choose the right graduate program, share tips for becoming the best applicant possible, and learn about what your experience could be as a graduate student.

Presenters: Ashley Carter (City of Portland), Autumn Mercado (Clackamas County), Lawrence Seno (UofO Law School), Janet Steverson (Lewis & Clark)

SESSION 3 | 1:45PM - 2:35PM

Making and Managing Money
Room 335
Room # 2 - How to pay for college and financial aid:
Learn the true cost to attend college and how to minimize debt. Everything you need to know about submitting and receiving a financial aid packet and non-loan options such as 529 plans and scholarships.

● What should students do at each age (teens, 20s, 30s,
etc.) in order to be financially stable long-term?
● What do students need to know to pay for college and
grad school without a lifetime of debt?
● What tips for saving and investing do you suggest?
● Are scholarships free money?

Presenters: Patrice Bass (PCC), Eury Perez (PCC) & Symone Sparrow (Black United Fund)

Healthcare
Room (TBA)

Health Professions: Nurses and Physicians

● What are the qualities and skills necessary for careers as medical professionals?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses, inspirational or technical books to read)?
● What are the main challenges and tips for success you have learned while in college (e.g., what courses or experiences were most useful)?
● What are the challenges you face specifically because you are a Black medical professional?

Presenters: Carla Danley (Providence), Kimberlynn Heller (OBGYN), Stephanie Hart, Travis Nelson

Community Building
Room (TBA)

It can’t change without you: This can be a tough job, but they do it because it is rewarding and helping people is the right thing to do. Come learn what is like to work in law enforcement and how you can make a difference from behind the badge or in the courtroom.

● What mindset does one need to be in law enforcement in
this day and age?
● What is the education or training pathways to get into the field?
● What are your biggest challenges as a professional in this field?
● How do your family and friends react to your profession?
● What is your reason for going into the profession?

Presenters: Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Portland Public Police, Truls Neal Multnomah County Community Justice

Science, Technology,
Engineering, Creative
Arts/Design,
Mathematics / Trades
(STEAM) Room (TBA)

Careers in Construction: There are enjoyable careers that may not require a four-year degree, yet can provide the freedom, flexibility and most importantly, the steady income you desire. Learn about options available that you can start shortly after obtaining a high school diploma

● What are the qualities and skills necessary for careers in construction?
● How are the educational pathways different for the trades than other jobs outside construction?
● What are some surprising jobs that one could get in the
trades (e.g., an environmentalist could have a job in the
trades doing efficiency audits).
● What are the challenges Black professionals face in the
construction industry? How do you personally overcome
them?

Presenters: Pat Daniels (Constructing Hope), Tony Jones (Coalition of Black Men) (Facilitator), Palo Giscombe (ODOT), Tony Coleman (ODOT), Isis Harris (IBEW)

Life After School
Room (TBA)

Supporting Black Educators: Black educators face numerous challenges while pursuing tenure in academia. With overwhelming pressures and expectations from the institution, they are also faced with a constant barrage of microaggressions, lack of mentoring from faculty, and often face an unwelcoming institution.

Facilitated by: Nike Greene (Family Therapist), Lamont Boyd (Self-Sufficiency), LaNae Bowles (Child Welfare)

Making it Through
School
Room (TBA)
The Truth’s and Myths about HBCU: Before you eliminate an HBCU as a viable education option, hear from actual attendees and graduates who will share their perspectives of learning in a predominantly Black environment. There are 106 HBCU’s in the country and each can offer unique experiences to student. For
some schools, the cost for out-of-state tuition is LESS than in-state tuition at an Oregon or Washington university. If you are not sure about attending, attend this session, ask questions, and learn more.

Presenter: Quentin, Tori , Michelle, Paul, Dion Schell

SESSION 4 | 2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Creative Arts/Design, Mathematics / Trades (STEAM)
Room (TBA)

Using your Technical Mind: Coders, Crime Busters, and Money Makers. In this session you will meet people that took technology to the next level by making a career out of it. Some finished college, some didn’t, but they all have an interesting story that you can learn what is possible after high school.

Presenters: Denise Bynoe, Aaron Jackson, Donald McKenzie, Hakim Spears

Moderator: Vernetta Dorsey

Healthcare
(TBA)

Understanding Medical School: According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Blacks made up just 8.4 percent of new entrants to U.S. medical schools. It was also reported that fewer blacks applied to and enrolled in medical school in 2014 than in 1978. It is important that students pursue careers as physicians and this workshop will talk about how to best prepare for a career in medicine.

You will hear the stories of how preparing in high school and college allowed our panelist to successfully complete their studies.

Hear what life is like as a medical student, as a resident, and navigating the world as a Black doctor. This is a rewarding profession, and you too can make it through medical school.

● What are the qualities and skills necessary for careers as medical professionals?
● What educational needs are necessary to be successful (e.g., formal schooling, certificate programs, short courses, inspirational or technical books to read)? ● What are the main challenges and tips for success you have learned while in college (e.g., what courses or experiences were most useful)?
● What are the challenges you face specifically because you are a Black medical professional?

Presenters: OHSU and NUNM Medical Students

Community Building
Room (TBA)

Social Justice Workshop: Learning, leading, and living the movements that help shape our world into a better and more equitable place to live

● Why movements matter
● How to get involved
● Leveraging your activism and advocacy

Presenters: Tony Funchess (Unlimited Potential), Addison Bates (BEAM), Dr. Steven Nakana (Port of Portland)

Money Matters
Room (TBA)

Financial Literacy: Financial professionals who will make you aware of strategies for building personal wealth, including how much to borrow or invest and when.

Presenters: Joy Fowler (Umpqua Bank), and Rachel Hall (Innovated Changes)

Making it Through School
Room (TBA)

Navigating College: The Important Stuff You Need to Know! What should you know about the college experience? This workshop will provide you with tips on what makes a successful student.

Topics will include getting to know your professor, working with deadlines, approaching professors for help, setting up study groups, looking for research opportunities with professors, internships for academic credit, the benefits of study abroad, and how to work these into your resume and future career goals.

Presenter:Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, and Felita Singleton (PSU) 

College & Career Fair

11:45-12:40 - HS to (Lunch in Caucus) / College Student to Career Fair

12:40-1:35 - Collegians to (Lunch in Caucus) / HS to Career Fair
Caucus Spaces

A closed caucus space means that individuals join the space to provide support and address issues together. These spaces have been created because marginalized communities historically have not had these spaces.

The BSSS is designed to offer intentional space for Black students and professionals to hear and address the collective concerns of individuals
from this community. We hope the BSSS will increase the consciousness to the needs and issues of Black-identified students and provide a network of professionals who share a common experience.

Individuals who do not identify as a member of that community are respectfully asked to refrain from attending in order to support the privacy and confidentiality
of the caucus.
Room
LGBTQQIA:
Facilitated by: Taji Chestimet, Llondyn Elliott, & Addison Bates
Room
BiRacial:
Facilitated by: Haley Marie & Jason Stroman
Room
Black Males:
Facilitated by: Clifford Meeks, & Michael Chappie Grice
Room
Black Females:
Sistas on the Rise and how to care for self on the way up
Facilitated by: AKA’s

FAQ

Registration

Yes. All attendees, both students and adult chaperones, must register to attend.

Unfortunately, we are unable to have a waitlist for the summit, but you can register in-person before the event begins at 9AM on Saturday. Please arrive early as registration is capped at our capacity plus 30 percent, which takes into account the number of no-show attendees on the day of 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.

Attendance

The summit is an all-day event, from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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 speakers begin. 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

The summit is FREE to attend.

The student summit is located at Portland State University, Smith Center 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR. Individual student workshops are held in various classrooms on campus; students are escorted by summit volunteers to and from these classrooms.

No. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for you.

It's up to you. We suggest that students review the sessions online to make their selections before the first session begins.

There are no reserved seats. All workshops are first come, first serve.

For Adult Chaperones

Yes, but you need to complete the group registration form. You can fill it out online, on the bus or at our check in station the day of the event.

No. Our goal is to offer a safe learning environment for all of our students and encourage them to ask questions and share insights in front of their peers. We have found that students can feel embarrassed or afraid to ask difficult questions or discuss certain topics when adults are in the room. However, we do provide adults the opportunity to talk with our experts outside the presence of their students.

Yes, please complete the registration form on the bus to decrease the wait time at check-in. If you are unable to fill out the registration form in advance, you can do so at our check-in station.

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.

If you would like to get involved, please email us at volunteer@beamvillage.org.

Yes, we want to get to know everyone. We encourage you to register online so that we can print your name badge.

No. This is a very customized college-to-career conference. We want students to identify the career profession that most interests them, make a connection, and start planning next steps. We encourage you (teachers, parents, chaparones), to talk to students about this unique opportunity and encourage your students to talk to someone face-to-face so that they can gain more insight and knowledge about their dream career.