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3rd annual men of color virtual conference 

Join us for the 3rd Annual Men of Color Leadership Conference and enjoy a day of empowerment, positive social change, and an opportunity to network with other men of color.. This conference is free for all California Community college students, staff, and faculty.

3rd annual men of color virtual conference 

Voice, Vote, ReVolution

Friday, October 2, 2020

Welcome and Keynote (open to all): 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

During the Olympic medal ceremony for the record breaking men's 200m dash, both 1st place (gold) and 3rd place (bronze) medalists held up a black-gloved fist during the playing of their home national anthem. A silent gesture in protest of the ongoing civil rights injustices, primarily back home in America. In addition to the iconic gesture made by the two American athletes, was a silent gesture made by the 2nd place (silver) medalist from Australia, Peter Norman. The civil rights struggle in America, after all, was a struggle shared in many other parts of the world.

Dr. Smith, as the first place and record-breaking medalist, has been asked numerous times, what he was doing and/or thinking in that moment. His response - "Praying". "I was praying underneath the bleachers, I was praying on the walk up to the victory stand, and the entire time I was up there". It was not a "Black Power Salute" as he has been written on numerous occasions. It was a "human rights salute" more than anything else.

Dr. Smith has been featured in such major national publications as Sports Illustrated, Sports Newsweek, Cleveland, Score, Ebony, and Track & Field News among others. Innumerable newspapers and foreign magazines and audio/video media entities continue to seek him out for their features, training products and presentations.

Dr. Smith continues to travel throughout various European and Asian nations, conducting seminars, clinics and delivering speeches in those locations, as well as on domestic college campuses.

Dr. Tommie Smith


Monday, October 5, 2020

Mindfulness and Mental Health for Men of Color Monday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

As men of color who face microaggressions daily, we are more susceptible to anxiety and psychological distress through racial discrimination than our white counterparts, however we are the least likely to acknowledge our stress and reach out for help to deal with it effectively. In this workshop, you will learn mindfulness strategies that can help you take care of yourself.


"I AM A" graphic from Mindfulness and Mental Health for Men of Color Monday, October 2020 exercise.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Turn Out & Vote Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Have you thought about becoming a leader in your community or your college?  Come and learn how you can run for a leadership position from men of color who have run grass root campaigns at their schools/communities.  The presenters include Mayor Vargas and City Clerk, Dr. Jimenez from Hawthorne, Joshua Elizondo (SMC Student Trustee), and Ryan Richard (Community Outreach Representative from LA County).

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Workout Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

With gyms closed and more people than ever working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, engaging in physical fitness activities can be challenging but finding a way to adapt to these new conditions is vital to maintaining our health. In this workshop, you will learn how you can physically engaged at home.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Coalition Building : 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Having a well-established network is an important part of life in becoming a man that is professionally successful and mentally healthy. The easiest way to expand our squad is to build on the relationships with people you know; family, friends, and classmates. In this workshop you will learn how to build a network that will support your educational and professional journey.

Closing Keynote (open to all): 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Brad Stone, is a Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Professor and Graduate Director of Philosophy. Dr Stone does not just lecture, he guides students on a quest for truth while unraveling humanity's greatest quandaries. Heralded as one of the top professors in the nation by The Princeton Review, Stone has been spreading wisdom on the bluff for the past seventeen years and is just getting started. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Stone.


Additional student Workshops

Express Session

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Expression sessions is a space for expression of emotions for current events such as, police brutality within our communities, social injustice on being a man of color, and any other topics that you would like to address. During this session we ask that you:

  • Speak from the heart
  • Listen from the heart
  • Say just enough 
  • Honor privacy and stories
  • Students to raise their hand virtually
  • Respect each individual's experience and be non-judgmental 

The Game is to be Told, Not Sold

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever felt as if you did not have a voice in college, i.e. in classes, on campus or with your classmate? This open dialogue workshop will seek to put you up on the game in identifying the knowledge that you already possess and how to activate your hustle to find your voice. In addition, we will be identifying how to develop our own networks to help us succeed while we prioritize our mental health.

Writing Rhymes and Freeing Minds (Men of Color Poetry and Hip Hop)

Tuesday October 20, 2020 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Discover the power of Poetry and Hip Hop has on the male mind. Acquire the skills on how to liberate and heal yourself mentally and spiritually as well as others through your lyrics. Learn how write poetry/lyrics and freestyle. Recognize real past and present conscious artists, poets and their lyrics.

The Father Wound: Learning to Love Your Inner Child

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Fatherhood plays a meaningful role in the development of a child and the relationship they will have with the world around them. An absent and/or negligent father can leave an individual feeling untrustworthy, worthless, and incomplete to name a few. Often times, these unhealed wounds get passed from one generation to another in an ongoing cycle of trauma. This conversation invites all fatherless sons and those who wish to learn more on the subject matter further understand this human experience while also finding loving ways to father their own inner child

Professional Workshop

How to "Move Up" the Community College Professional Ladder

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

If you are a man of color looking to advance in your career as a community college employee, then this is the workshop for you.  Senior administrators and full-time faculty counselors will be discussing networking, application, resume, and interview tips. 

If you are requesting accommodations, please email me at cjimenez@compton.edu.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Cesar Jimenez
Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways

 MOC 2020


Inaugural Men of Color Conference - 2018

Santa Monica College hosted an Inaugural Men of Color Leadership Conference under the theme "Agents of Change" to holistically support all minority male students enrolled in the California Community College system. Click here to read the article published by Diverse Issues in Higher Educationhttps://diverseeducation.com/article/129517/ 

men of color conference

2nd annual men of color conference - 2019 

El Camino College hosted the 2nd Annual Men of Color Conference, titled "Defy the Lie and Embrace Your Truth! A Holistic Approach to Healing Men of Color". There were over 300+ attendees who learned about financial wellness and spiritual wellness. 


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