Games Our Brains Play

Join ACT-SO and Rosanne Rademaker from UCSD for a fascinating exploration of how our brains perceive the world and act on information, and how we know what we know about how they work.

We know this presentation will inspire budding scientists, but it also raises important questions about perception and reality that have fascinating implications for artists, writers, and anyone who cares about our community and human wellbeing.

ACT-SO Builds Robots with lilStar

ACT-SO enabled six students to join lilStar’s BUILD Robots day.   This was a fun day for the kids, who got to build actual autonomous robots from kits generously provided by Clarity Design, in a lab at the University of San Diego.  Sponsorship was also provided by Beta Selam Academy.  The instructor for the day was Camille Eddy.

Statement from NAACP President, André J. Branch, regarding the e-Blast and “Apology” from Ms. Donna Tripi, Principal of La Jolla Elementary School

In September, Ms. Donna Tripi, Principal of La Jolla Elementary School, sent an e-mail Blast in which she warned parents to be “vigilant” regarding a man thought to be an “African American male.”  On Monday of this week Ms. Tripi issued an apology. The apology is as disturbing as the original e-mail message.

She repeats the description of “the Man,” mentioning his race, but not that of the parents, the children, or her race.  This repetition reinforces the idea that these parents, their children, and all who read the communication have something to fear from African American males.

The passive voice used in the “apology” conveys the writer’s unwillingness to take full responsibility for perpetuating racist stereotypes about African American males.  One wonders what she is apologizing for when she writes, “I spoke to the parents directly and am confident the concern they described was not imagined.”  What concern did they describe?  That they were uncomfortable being in the presence of African American men?  This self described “leader” issues an apology in which she reiterates that, “We want parents to be vigilant, . . . .”  A so called “apology” in which one reiterates the need for vigilance (“watching for possible danger”) in the presence of African American males, and in the context of an event in which the subject is supposedly an African American male, is no apology at all.  It is continued race baiting.

Ms. Tripi says clearly in her original e-Blast from La Jolla Elementary School that “nothing happened due to the vigilance of the parent, . . . .”  This outrageous assumption that there was some danger that this parent had to fear is what deserves an authentic apology.  The fourth bullet in the e-Blast from La Jolla Elementary School is especially disturbing:  “If you see something that doesn’t feel right, report it to the non-emergency police line . . . .”  Ms. Tripi should understand that with this direction, she is contributing to countless more individuals not feeling right in the presence of African American males.  Moreover, she can be assured that many more innocent African American males and females will have unpleasant encounters with police officers inquiring about their innocent, lawful behaviors because someone was uncomfortable with them just living their lives.

We continue to be disturbed by the last line of the e-Blast from La Jolla Elementary School:  “We’re all hoping it was an isolated incident, but reminders are always helpful.”  AN ISOLATED INCIDENT OF WHAT?  Seeing an African American male?  We can assure Ms. Tripi that she and her constituents will see many more African American males—and they may be wearing hoodies—and Ms. Tripi and all readers of her communications have no more to fear from African American males than they do from white males in hoodies—or suits and ties.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the People of Color Quilt Guild at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild (SDPOCQG) was organized on February 22, 1997. The Guild’s goal was:


  • to provide a forum for the continuation of the tradition of quilting as an art and as a method of recording history and storytelling,
  • to promote interest in all forms of quilting and textile arts to bring quilting to the attention of our community
  • to endeavor to pursue the recognition of quilting as a true national art form and as an expressive medium equal to painting, sculpture and the dramatic arts.


The first SDPOCQG meeting was held at the Malcolm X Library and we are proud of the fact that our monthly meetings continue to be held at this Library with staff that have continued to support our goals. These meetings always include sharing our creations and learning old and new techniques. On the last Saturday in February the Guild holds a Show which is free to the public. Quilts using various mediums and other arts and crafts are displayed. In addition, during the Show, club members demonstrate and teach quilting techniques and projects. A quilt, created by our members, is raffled off and the majority of the proceeds are donated to Malcolm X Library, Friends of the Malcolm X Library, used to assist with community projects and to pay for speakers and teachers. At the end of the Show baby quilts , which have been created by our members, are given to representatives from the Navy and the Marines to be placed in diaper bags that the military donates to service members in need. In addition, members also donate quilts to community members who are ill or to commemorate a death.


The SDPOCOQG is the only predominantly African American quilt guild in the county of San Diego and we take seriously our focus on African American and African creations and sharing this with not only our community but with all communities. The Guild have been invited to display our quilts as a group in the San Diego Quilt Show and members have entered quilts in the San Diego County Fair and other shows in and outside of San Diego County. Members have spoken, shared, displayed and taught the significance of the quilts used during the


Underground Railroad and during other times of African American history at Mesa College, churches and during other events and forums. Currently members are assisting children in our community to create memory quilts and are in discussion with an organization about conducting a series of classes for boys and girls in our community in order to introduce quilting and share the medium with a new generation.


Quilting has and always will be a part of the African American cultural heritage and The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild will continue to endeavor to maintain and to elevate this tradition

USC Training in Real Estate Finance and Development

We came across this program at the San Diego Housing Federation’s “Housing at the Breaking Point” conference.  It looks interesting.

The Ross Minority Program was founded in 1993 for the purpose of engaging land use professionals, especially of underrepresented ethnic minority groups and women, to enter the field of real estate finance and development. We continue to provide an excellent opportunity to any and all individuals wishing to build new skills, gain valuable insight and expand their career path in real estate finance and development.

To date, over 900 land use professionals have participated and received their certificate in Real Estate Finance and Development from the Ross Minority Program.  These individuals work in a variety of positions, including: real estate practitioners, non-profit and community leaders, public sector decision makers, and entrepreneurs.

If you’d like to apply to the Ross Minority Program, here are some things you should know:

  1. Admission is open to all individuals — regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity — who would like to receive exceptional training in real estate finance and development.
  2. Admission is competitive and selective. We aim to enroll individuals who will contribute to a rich and stimulating learning environment and benefit from an accelerated program.
  3. The ideal Ross student is:
  • a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • familiar with real estate and the planning process
  • motivated by the risks and rewards of the real estate industry
  • able to thrive on obstacles and challenges
  • compelled to lead and succeed in his or her profession
  • creative, resourceful, and competitive
  • keenly interested in urban development

Upcoming sessions are as follows:


DATE: January 10 – February 1, 2019 (Four-week format)
LOCATION: USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA
FIRST WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 10-12
SECOND WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 17-19
THIRD WEEK: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Jan 24-26
FOURTH WEEK: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – Jan 30-Feb 1

TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm including 6 evening events to 9:00 pm




DATE: June 10 – June 21, 2019 (Two-week format)
LOCATION: USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA
FIRST WEEK: Monday to Saturday, June 10-15
SECOND WEEK: Monday to Friday, June 17-21

TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm including 6 evening events to 9:00 pm


USC Campus Housing may be available at a reduced cost.


You may review the lecture topics at:


The fee for the program is $5,500. There is no application fee.

The Ross Minority Program in Real Estate is underwritten by individual and corporate sponsors who support the program’s mission and believe in improving cultural and ethnic diversity within the real estate profession. The program fee covers registration, materials, meals, networking events, evening receptions, and site visits.


A limited number of fee reduction grants are available for applicants with demonstrated financial need. A fee reduction application must be submitted with your program application.


You may access the online application process at:

USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: California Innocence Project

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the California Innocence Project at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

The California Innocence Project

The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinic, founded in 1999 at California Western School of Law, dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students, and changing laws and policies in the state of California. CIP receives more than 2,500 requests for assistance from inmates annually. Since inception, CIP has freed 28 people from prison who have served more than 340 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. In addition, CIP has trained more than 300 students that have gone on to become judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and civil practitioners throughout the country. CIP has worked to improve the criminal justice system by testifying and providing evidence in support of 11 different pieces of legislation, including four that have been signed into law in the last few years. CIP is looking forward to the next exoneration and hopes to continue to improve the justice system while training the next wave of freedom fighters.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Rebecca Paida

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring Rebecca Paida, of the Nile Sisters Development Initiative, at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Rebecca Paida, Nile Sisters Development Initiative

A former refugee, Rebecca is intimately aware of health disparities, as well as social and economic challenges one faces when relocating to a new community. This experience fuels her passion for service to underrepresented populations.

Rebecca is an alumna of San Diego State University, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in public administration with a minor in Africana studies. From Loma Linda University, she achieved a master’s degree in public health with emphasis in health education. She is a certified health education specialist and holds a certificate of nonprofit management.

Rebecca belongs to several professional organizations, including American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Public Health Association ( APHA ). She chairs the San Diego Refugee Forum ( 2017—2019 ) and sits on the Community Advisory Board ( CAB ) of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute ( ACTRI ) at the University of California, San Diego.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Phi Beta Sigma

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the ΟΙΣ chapter of ΦΒΣ, Inc., at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Omicron Iota Sigma Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Our history has taught us that successful chapters have engaged alumni. The Omicron Iota Sigma alumni-graduate chapter was chartered on March 11th, 2010 by Bro. Harvey Cole, Bro. Leigh Cole, Bro. Anthony Winston III, Bro. Bryon Garner, Bro. Anthony Martin, Bro. Tommy Mitchell, Bro. Vincent Willis, Bro. Staysea Hodge and Bro. Tracy Morris.


Being a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is a lifetime experience. In fact, our alumni constitute 71% of our living members! The alumni chapter plays a central role in helping alumni renew old friendships, make new acquaintances, network professionally, attend to the business of the Fraternity, and learn what is happening within our Community.


100,000+ college-educated, dynamic, community service driven, diverse and professional men. Members benefit from well-defined networking and support systems within the fraternity that offer international linkages. They also have opportunities to exercise their leadership potential or utilize numerous other talents and skills within the fraternity and the community. Sigma men give services through such activities as:


  • Conducting community-service driven projects
  • Participating with voluntary organizations in providing services
  • Providing scholarships
  • Contributing to organized charities
  • Promoting voter education and voter registration
  • Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through the Conversation Among Brothers program in conjunction with the CDC.

For more information on the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter email us at [email protected] or via Facebook

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Zeta Phi Beta

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the ΜΣΖ chapter of ΖΦΒ, Inc., at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 at Howard University in Washington DC by five strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts. To these women, Zeta was more than an organization-it was a movement, a belief system that reflected, at its core, the desire to provide true Service, to embrace Scholarship, to set a standard for Sisterly Love and to define the noble concept of Finer Womanhood.Zeta‘s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations.


The Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered April 5, 1984. Our chapter services San Diego County through scholarships and community service projects. Our signature event held in April, Zeta to a Tea, Military Women Rock! honors women who have or are serving our country in the military. The money raised from the event fund our annual scholarships given to young ladies in our community.

October 19th ACT-SO Visit to Black Xpression

ACT-SO will be visiting the dynamic Open Mic night that is Black Xpression.  If you register (for free), ACT-SO will cover your entrance fee.

If you wear your ACT-SO t-shirt (which we will be happy to give students for free if they signup to compete), we will give you a $5 coupon toward food and drink!

For more information about Black Xpression, visit