African American Education Conference

aaec2020Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture with an evening of keynote speakers, workshops, food and a wonderful educational experience. This conference is free to all junior high, high school, and college students. Parents are encouraged to attend.

February 29, 2020
MJC West Campus, Mary Stuart Rogers Building
Check in: 4:30 p.m.
Conference: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free Admission
(209) 575-6700


Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Cheryl Williams Jackson & Dr. Duana Demus-Leslie

Pan African Drumming – Mr. Ricky Latour

Conference Opening
Umoja Opening – Professor Albert Smith

Dr. James Houpis, MJC President
Mikayla Ramirez, ASMJC President
Chanel Johnson, BSU President

Dinner Served

Keynote Speaker
Mr. Brett Butler

Mr. Ricky Latour
NorCal KRUMP Movement

Presentation # 1
Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Jacquelyn Forte
Participants: MJC Students and Alumni; Chanel Johnson, Eddie Lane, Lionel Smith and Samantha Tobler
The panel will explore the African American student perspective on pursuing and succeeding in higher education.  The  panel  will  also  discuss  strategies  to  overcome  obstacles  to  success  and  explore  the  urgency of  addressing social and educational disparities in the African American Community.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Step Show

Presentation #2
Ms. LaKiesha McDonald, CEO/Founder LRM Growth Solutions
This presentation will focus on carrying on the work of  those who came before us, and building a new legacy for those who will come after.

Presentation of the Legacy Award
Presented by Vice President of  Student Services, Flerida Arias

Conference Closing
Umoja Closing - Professor Albert Smith

Additional Details

What is the purpose of the Conference?

The purpose of the African American Education Conference is to enrich and empower current and future Modesto Junior College students to be successful in pursuing higher education. 

How do I register for the conference?

Click HERE to register!

Who funds the conferences?

The conference is funded by the MJC Office of Student Equity and the Associated Students of MJC.


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