Black, Educated & Truth Conference - BEAT

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2020 BEAT Conference
January 24, 2020
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
SPSCC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

The BEAT Conference is an experience designed to create a brave space for black identifying students and students of color, to come together and share their struggles that come with living in a predominantly white area. This conference will support pathways to higher education for black self-identifying students and students of color.

"Accepting Your Black Excellence"

Dr. Nikkita Oliver, Community Organizer, Abolitionist, Educator, Attorney

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing, she strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity. Her work asks us to engage what we see happening now and to imagine what we hope to see in the future.

Oliver has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy, performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert, and featured on The Breakfast Club and KUOW's The Week in Review. Her writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger.

Oliver organizes with No New Youth Jail and the Seattle Peoples Party. She was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017.

2020 BEAT Scholarship

Applications will be accepted March 2 - May 1, 2020, for three $1,000 BEAT scholarships, available to any student who meets the following criteria:

  • Have participated in the 2020 Black Education and Truth conference
  • Are a current high school, Running Start, or SPSCC student
  • Are applying to SPSCC for enrollment in Fall 2020

Award recipients will be announced and notified in early June 2020 to be awarded in time for Fall 2020 enrollment.

BEAT Registration

To register, each advisor must download the BEAT Registration (excel file) that contains all the information we will need from each student. Each advisor must submit via email their excel file, by January 6, 2020, 5:00 pm, to qneal1@spscc.edu.

For more information or questions related to the event, contact Quinton Neal.

BEAT Conference Mission & Values

Mission: Our mission of the conference is to create a brave space for black identifying students and students of color, to come together and share their struggles that come with living in a predominantly white area. This conference will support pathways to higher education for black self-identifying students and students of color.

The following is a combination of Black Lives Matter foundations principals and some we created as a club.

Diversity: We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating differences and commonalities.

Restorative justice: We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally we build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.

Black Men and Women: We are committed to building an affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and toxic masculinity. We strive to foster a generation with economical, psychological and political experiences. As well as bring forth leadership potential for future success.

Intergenerational: We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn.

Loving engagement: We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.

Transgender affirming / queer affirming: We are committed to embracing and making space for Trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift black trans folk, especially black trans women who continue to disproportionally impacted by trans- antagonistic violence. We are also committed to fostering a queer affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.

Education: To support black identified student s and students of color in gaining knowledge and increase college enrollment and graduation. To identify and equip students with information on navigating and succeeding in the college climate.