Alliant Foundation Scholarship Fund


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Alliant Educational Foundation Creates New Scholarship Fund for Students of Color, Research for Underserved Populations - Alliant Educational Foundation

Alliant Educational Foundation Creates New Scholarship Fund for Students of Color, Research for Underserved Populations Additional $1.14M in Scholarships, Contributions Announced In an effort to combat systemic racism, social/civil unrest and inequality, the Alliant Educational Foundation (AEF), a nonprofit organization supporting students attending Alliant International University (AIU) and other institutions of higher education, has launched the Stephanie Byers-Bell Scholarship Fund.

CLBC Frederick M Roberts Scholarship


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Reopening of San Diego Schools


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April 14, 2021

Greetings and Good Day to all,

First and foremost, on behalf of the Education Committee, I would like to commend all students and families for their endurance during these tumultuous times. Additionally, we wish our Muslim students Ramadan Mubarak during the beginning of their fasting.

As more San Diego schools “physically” reopened on April 12th to offer students the option of hybrid learning (onsite instruction for a set number of days versus completely learning online), we know this journey has not been easy. 

Furthermore, when it comes to equity, we are aware that all schools are still not created equal. It is up to our community to advocate for our children, youth, families, and educators, keeping in mind that when it comes to education, students must always come first.

For nearly a year, countless San Diego TK through 12 grade students endured the dual impact of COVID and racism, including Anti-Blackness and Anti-Asian hate. This on top of the toll our students, regardless of race, endured while learning online can be overwhelming and exhausting, and cause anxiety, stress, and depression.

Many of our students are not okay and unfortunately some will experience even more trauma when returning back to school.

Being mindful of the work ahead, we urge districts to ensure that each of your school sites are staffed with their own designated counselor that is not traveling to multiple school sites. Our schools and students need at least one full-time counselor at the elementary level and two to three counselors at the secondary level, to support the social-emotional well-being of our students, families, and teachers. Ideally, counselors should be trained/certified in trauma-informed care.

We also remind districts of the urgency of placing full-time nurses at each school site. While our teachers and other staff members are fully vaccinated, students under the age of 16 are currently not, which can cause even more anxiety in families. Having a nurse stationed at each site will help mitigate any issues that may arise as we all strive to keep everyone safe, including grandparents and caregivers at home. 

With the recent incident involving an 11th Grade student and police at school that tragically ended in his death, it is time we place the mental health, social emotional support and safety of our students, families and staff as our top priority.

Thanks to federal funding from the CARES-ACT for COVID-19-related school districts and charter schools re-openings, California schools have received $15.3 Billion. It is exciting to know that in our reopening efforts in placing students first, San Diego School Districts can perhaps follow in Los Angeles Unified School District’s commendable efforts to divert school police funding to hire 35 full-time counselors as part of their Black Student Achievement Plan by:      

  • Hiring the number of nurses needed to place one at every single school.

  • Hiring enough culturally responsive, trauma-informed counselors to have the proper student-to-counselor ratio at every school.

  • Reduce school police funding, as fewer police will be needed due to the presence of counselors!

The NAACP San Diego Branch along with our community partners, looks forward to working with districts like Grossmont Union High School, Cajon Valley Union Elementary, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Sweetwater Union High School and San Diego Unified who, as the second largest district in the state received $343M (largely in part to school demographics and needs, including our District E schools). We must work together to improve the outcomes of our children and youth who need us the most.


Katrina Hasan Hamilton, Education Committee Chair
NAACP San Diego Branch


PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195

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From EdSource: Assembly bill 520 would create grant program to diversify teacher workforce


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Assembly bill would create grant program to diversify teacher workforce

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 3:47pm


Assembly Bill 520, which would create the California Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Grant Program, passed the Assembly Education Committee Monday. The bill would award $15 million to school districts to develop and implement programs to diversify teaching staffs.


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SDNOMA Virtual Summer Camp


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Passing this opportunity from the National Organization of Minority Architects:

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! VIRTUAL – In consideration of the health and safety of our members, students and communities as we continue to face this international pandemic, we have developed this year’s program as an exciting virtual interactive experience. Be amoung the first  to register for the 2021 SoCal NOMA Summer Camp. The spirit, excitement and format will be the same as our in-person camp but the camp challenge acitivites and workshops will all be brand new!  We invite you to register today!   Thank you in advance for sharing the camp information with other parents and potential campers. See attached information and visit our website  

The Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCal NOMA) is currently recruiting students for our annual Architecture Summer Camp.  Students who are interested in creative and technical design will benefit from the knowledge and exposure to professional mentors.  


The National Organization of Minority Architects created Project Pipeline Architectural Summer Camp to serve as NOMA’s solution to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities, especially African-Americans, pursuing careers in architecture. Project Pipeline’s Summer Camp continues exposure through student and intern membership categories for students as early as 5th grade.


2021 Project Pipeline VIRTUAL Summer Camp Information:


Ages: 10 – 17
Introductory & Advanced Classes for middle school campers
Architectural Boot Camp for high school campers


Live Online Workshops & Activities
Virtual Building & Office Tours


 July 10, 17 & 24, 2021
9 AM – 3 PM

SDCOE What’s Happening April 2021


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"What's Happening" April 2021
April 2021
SDCOE Resources
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) continues to share COVID-19 information and important resources for school employees on its main webpage and on social media. Also, its dedicated COVID-19 website has resources and materials to assist administrators, educators, and families during the pandemic.

Be sure to follow @SanDiegoCOE if you're on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook for new information as it's available.
College and Career Readiness Upcoming Events

Job Readiness Workshop and Fair

The SDCOE College and Career Readiness team is collaborating with community partners as part of the San Diego Promise Neighborhoods group to bring a job readiness workshop and fair to all San Diego County students. This free, virtual event will consist of two sessions:

  • Job Readiness Workshop - April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-Resume and interview preparation
-Online job search and virtual etiquette
-Panel presentation on additional resources
  • Job Fair - April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.
-See open job opportunities for ages 16 and older
-Explore industries and network with employers
-Employer list available closer to the event

Download event flyers in English and Spanish. Contact Ernesto Rivera with any questions.
Explore Careers at CreaTech Event

Students in grades 8 to 12 can learn about careers in engineering and information and computer technology as part of the CreaTech online career exploration event.

The free, three day event will feature engaging presentations from the region's cutting edge tech employers. The virtual sessions will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. April 27 to 29. Visit the event webpage to learn more and register.
Guide to Creating Healing Dialogue Space

As students return to classes, it’s important to address the historical and collective trauma everyone has experienced due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the events that spurred the current civil rights movement. The School Leaders Guide to Create Healing Dialogue Space from SDCOE's Equity and Student Support Services teams has ways to create space and hold authentic, healing dialogue in classrooms and school communities. Also included are links to other helpful resources.
Cuyamaca Outdoor School Home Edition

In honor of 6th Grade Camp's 75th anniversary this year, Cuyamaca Outdoor School (COS) invites everyone to go outside and enjoy nature. Teachers and students can experience camp for the first time - or relive it - by exploring the Cuyamaca Home Edition channel on YouTube.

The channel offers more than 50 videos created by COS staff, as well as activities, lessons, and more, to engage students in science and connect them to nature right from their own classrooms or homes.

COS will be celebrating its anniversary all year long. We encourage 6th Grade Camp alumni to share their memories. Send camp stories, photos, and journal entries to [email protected], connect with 6th Grade Camp on the COS Facebook page, and spread the word with friends and colleagues who grew up in San Diego.
Ready 2 Go: Ed Tech Workshops for Education Leaders

The educational technology team at SDCOE is offering a series of free online workshops aimed at improving the technology knowledge, communication, and efficiency of district leaders, principals, vice principals, and any educator aspiring to lead from within their organization.

Walk away with new skills, useful plans for moving forward, and an improved ability to lead through example in the area of technology integrations. The goal is for you to be “Ready 2 Go” on day one when you start school next year. For more information and to register visit the Ready 2 Go webpage.
Mind Out Loud Mental Health Event for California Students
Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with SDCOE and the California Department of Education, will host Mind Out Loud - a free, three-day virtual event for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health. It features The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas and from the Netflix movie The Social Dilemma with the Center for Humane Technology Matt Stossel.

The online event May 4 to 6 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day will allow students 13 and older to connect with peers across California; hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness; increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends; learn about suicide prevention; and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. 

Visit the event website for complete details, including featured speakers, daily schedules, resources for students, educators, and parents, and to register to attend.
Premiere of Inside California Education Season 4
Inside California Education is a public television series that explores the challenges, issues, and stories of public education. The upcoming Season 4 looks at how the pandemic has upended education and features stories about students and educators being creative, innovative, and resilient despite the challenges.
Join the filmmakers April 6 at 6 p.m. for a free virtual preview screening of the new season followed by a panel discussion with educators. Visit the event information page for more details and to RSVP.
Comic-Con Museum: Cardboard Superheroes Curriculum
The Comic-Con Museum has a new STEAM curriculum based on creating pop culture figures out of recycled cardboard.

The Cardboard Superheroes: Teacher's Edition curriculum builds Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) onto kids' love for iconic characters. The curriculum includes templates, tutorials, recorded videos, reference images, and teacher guides. There are 10 iconic characters or artifacts to build. Check out the all the details and downloadable guide at the Comic-Con Museum webpage.
USS Midway Teacher Appreciation Offer
The USS Midway is celebrating San Diego County teachers with free single-day admission during April and May. All active K-12 teachers from public and private schools with a current teaching credential are eligible. This offer is available at the museum ticket booth only with a valid identification. Visit the Midway website for more information.
Biz Kid$ Teacher Training Webinar Workshop
San Diego County Credit Union is hosting a Biz Kid$ Teacher Training Webinar Workshop exclusively for educators. Teachers can familiarize themselves with using the Biz Kid$ program in-person or virtually to teach their students about money and business.

The April 7 webinar is free to attend, but capacity is limited. Register here. Learn more about Biz Kid$ and their upcoming events at the SDCCU website.
Join the Kindness Unites Paper Chain Project
Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge, invites students across San Diego County and their families to come together to share messages of love and hope while setting a record for the world’s longest recycled paper chain ever.

Schools are encouraged to make and send in a quarter, half, or full mile paper chain section that will be added to the final 100-mile chain at a special event May 22 in Carlsbad. After the paper chain is officially measured for the Guinness World Record, sections will be distributed to display in hospitals, senior centers, libraries, and more. Visit the program page to sign up your school, see the various ways to participate, and step-by-step instructions for how to create the paper links. Submissions are due April 15.
Useful Resources From Live Well San Diego
New Live Well Schools Database

Live Well Schools, an initiative of the county's Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), works to strengthen relationships between schools, districts, HHSA staff, and community partners.

Their new Tools for Schools searchable database of resources highlights innovative and effective ways for school policymakers and other stakeholders to meet the unique health and wellness needs of students, families, and staff. The Tools for Schools database provides a wide array of resources including social and emotional health and a focus on addressing health disparities. Watch a video overview and then visit the Tools for Schools webpage to begin exploring.
Community Conversations: Speaker's Bureau

The Live Well San Diego Speaker's Bureau is a free program to help community residents better understand their health. The program delivers 30 to 60 minute presentations about any type of health topic, tailored for small or large group discussions. The talks are delivered by volunteer medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, who are subject matter experts. 
Also highlighted are open discussions in multiple languages focused on sharing facts, dispelling myths, and addressing questions or concerns. Visit the Speaker's Bureau webpage to learn more, see a list of topics, and schedule a presentation.
STEM Activities and Opportunities for Students and Educators
San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

Now in it's 13th year, the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a multi-day educational experience to engage kids and families in all that encompasses STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This year will be a special virtual experience including a live stage with streaming events, pre-recorded sessions, exhibit booth spaces, and more special programs.
STEAM Week, from April 24 to May 2, will contain all the planned events for students, families and educators to enjoy in a free, virtual format. Visit for a complete listing of events. Download an event flyer.
Life Science XP Education Symposium for Educators, Industry Partners

The Biocom Institute is hosting the inaugural Life Science XP Education Symposium to bring together K-12 educators, partners, and industry members who are reimagining life science/biotech learning experiences in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

The goal of the symposium is to experience and learn from these innovations first-hand with active practitioners and partner providers. Participants engage in a variety of professional learning and networking opportunities to connect educators, industry experts, and scientists. The virtual symposium takes place April 28 and 29, from 3 to 5:15 p.m. Learn more details here and register here.
Opportunities for Free Virtual Fieldtrips
Discover San Diego Agriculture

San Diego Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC) announces a new virtual resource that spotlights our local farms: Discover San Diego Agriculture.

Students in grades 6 to 12 can head out on virtual field trips to see how local growers make a difference in our community and environment, and how farms put STEM principles into action on a daily basis. Two farm spotlight videos are available now at the SDAITC website, and more will be added as they are developed. Lesson plans are included for each video. SDAITC also requests teacher feedback -- email [email protected] to let them know how the videos are used in instruction or suggestions for future topics.
San Diego Zoo

Thanks to generous donations and grants, the San Diego Zoo Education department is offering free virtual education programs for Title I schools in San Diego County. Programs are also available to non-Title I schools for a small fee. Visit the San Diego Zoo Education department to see the options categorized by grade level and full details for each program. 
Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has financial aid available for Title I schools so that all students can access high-quality, virtual science programming. The aquarium connects PreK-12 students to its ocean planet through virtual, experiential learning programs where students meet and observe ocean organisms, explore and analyze data about changing conditions in ocean habitats, or ask questions about aquarium careers and current conservation issues. The programs are aligned with NGSS and designed to be engaging for students joining virtually from their home or classroom. Learn more about youth and school group programs and apply for financial aid on the Birch Aquarium website. Programs are available through June 11.
ArtsBusXpress Virtual Field Trip Experience

ArtsBusXpress, a nonprofit organization that connects students with arts and science opportunities, is partnering with major San Diego arts and science venues to provide virtual field trips for K-12 educators and their students.

Currently, there are 55 unique Virtual Field Trip Xperiences available from nine arts and science partners. Each experience is live, interactive, and personalized for a class of up to 40 students. Venues will work with educators to ensure the best possible experience for their students. Teachers can apply for the necessary funding for the selected program. For more information, visit the ArtsBusXpress website or email [email protected].
Grant and Award Opportunities for Educators
Chargers Back to Football Grants

The Chargers Impact Fund, in partnership with Schools First Credit Union, is awarding Title I eligible high schools up to $1,500 in funding for their athletic departments. This effort is to assist high schools re-launch their tackle football programs for the 2021 spring or fall season. Visit the Chargers website for complete details. The application deadline is June 4 but grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funding lasts.
North Island Credit Union Teacher Grants

Ten grants of $500 each will be awarded to San Diego area teachers looking to fund an innovative classroom learning opportunity courtesy of the North Island Credit Union Teacher Grant program. The project should have clearly defined learning objectives tied to students' academic needs, display creativity, and benefit a significant number of students. Visit the grant webpage for more information. The application deadline is April 23.
Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program

Voya Financial provides awards to K-12 educators and classified staff of public and private schools for funding effective and innovative projects that enhance student learning. Fifty finalists will receive $2,000 and three will move on to receive additional awards of up to $25,000. Visit the grant website. The application deadline is April 30 at 1 p.m.
The Lawrence Foundation Grant

The Lawrence Foundation Grant awards up to $10,000 to public schools to support charitable causes. Funding is intended for, but not limited to, the focus areas of COVID-19-related issues, human services, disaster relief, and the environment. Funding is not typically awarded for computers, audio/visual, gardening, music, or physical education programs. Visit the grant webpage. The application deadline for the spring grant cycle is April 30.
Scholarship and Award Opportunities for Students
Flying Leatherneck Essay Contest

The University of San Diego's Character Development Center and the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation are accepting entries for their annual essay contest. This year's prompt, "Who is Your Hero?" asks students in grades 6 through 12 to reflect on the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps and our society by exploring what the virtues of honor, courage, and commitment mean in their own lives. Cash prizes of $100 to $300 are given to first through third place winners, and teachers of winning students receive a cash award as well. The deadline for submissions is April 14. Visit the contest page for more details.
Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego Scholarship

Awards $2,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in San Diego County. Of the six scholarships awarded, two are for students of Taiwanese descent, and two are for students with financial need. The application deadline is April 15. Access the application form for complete information.
Wheelhouse Credit Union Scholarships
Wheelhouse Credit Union offers two distinct scholarship programs to high school seniors:

  • Sustainability Scholarship - Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who have a vision for supporting the environment and are committed to sustainability practices in their community.

  • Badge of Honor Scholarship - Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students with a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is an active first responder in San Diego County.

To learn more and access the applications, visit the Wheelhouse website. The application deadline for both programs is April 30.
House of France Scholarship

The House of France in Balboa Park awards two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who have taken advanced level French courses in high school. The selection criteria include answering two essay questions in English and one in French. View and download the application form. The application deadline is June 1.
HCC/AMN Healthcare Scholarship
Through Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego, high school seniors in San Diego County who plan to enter the healthcare field after college can apply to win a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of AMN Healthcare. Visit the HCC website for more information. The application deadline is June 30.
San Diego Family Magazine April Digital Issue
San Diego Family Magazine has these helpful articles for families and students its April digital edition:
  • 2021 Summer Camp Guide - virtual and in-person camps
  • Summer Camp Safety
  • Give Your Family the Gift of Laughter
  • Easter and springtime ideas, family events calendar, and more

Flip through the digital edition. More ideas and resources are available at
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The Performance of Lincoln Cluster

April 1, 2021

Lincoln High School is perhaps the ONLY school in San Diego Unified that runs on its own. This is apparent by the continually revolving door of administrators that the San Diego School Board and the Superintendent place at that site.  There is no other school that would allow this kind of upheaval every few years.   School Board Member Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne apparently has no issues providing her District E community with continually unstable leadership for students who deserve our very best.  She states, “We have not put together a comprehensive, coordinated picture for Lincoln High School because those students are indicative of other kids in the district who are not achieving.”   But there are no other schools that have had more attention paid to them, money given to them and visits by the Superintendent than Lincoln High School.  One can only surmise that Dr. Whitehurst-Payne fails to recognize that the students at Lincoln can and do succeed despite her lack of knowledge on how to make that happen.  Thanks to the teachers, coaches, parents and community members, Lincoln students are striving and gaining acceptance to many colleges— without any real leadership at the site. 

The current Principal refers to her first year on the job as a “planning year.”  No wonder the site cannot move forward!  Anybody who knows how to run a school site will tell you that prior to being hired as a principal, you must have your “First 90-Day Plan” ready to implement on day 1.   This allows the students and teachers to know what is being expected of them from the start of the new school year.   What becomes of all the students during year one, while she is “planning?”  Given all the upheaval that has occurred over the past 14 years, is it any wonder that educational strides have not been achieved?   Teachers deserve a stable administration if they are to move the students forward and to learn innovative strategies to give their students every opportunity possible for success.  

Board Member Dr. Whitehurst-Payne also suggests that Lincoln High School must be the District’s number one priority, but fails to discuss how to make that happen.   By selecting the current principal, Stephanie Brown, Dr. Whitehurst-Payne agreed to promote a principal who had the highest suspension rate for African American males in the district!   This is preposterous.  The actions taken by Dr. Whitehurst-Payne prove that she has once again failed miserably to enhance the environment and educational rigor at Lincoln.  This seems to be the game-plan of the current school board as well.   The accountability factor for every board member continues to erode as other sites face similar challenging situations with no resolution from the school board.  The one constant from the school board is that real transparency will continue to disintegrate with the same people sitting on the dais. Words without actions are just words.

Students will return to school after a year of so-called “online” schooling on April 12th.  Students at Lincoln High School will return to chaos and disregard for their learning.  Shame on you, Dr. Whitehurst-Payne.   Our students deserve much more than you “say” you are doing. 

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch


Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit

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Akira’s Book Club

Let’s support Dr. Grace Carroll’s Akira’s Book Club by subscribing today. There is no cost to join.

Here’s a message from Dr. Carroll:

Akira’s Book Club and Wordsmith JR need your help. We are trying to get 600 more subscriptions to our Wordsmith J, LLC YouTube Channel. If we are successful we can get additional funding to continue our work in animating and digitizing our book and offering them free on our YouTube channel. To date, you can see the two books we have already animated: Akira’s Animal Alphabet Alliterations and Mischievous Akira (a book about antonyms). 

If you can please go to the link below and subscribe (no cost or obligations) and please share with others. Thank you so much for your support.

Stay safe and healthy, 
Grace Carroll  

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Working Together to Improve Outcomes for all Black Children and Families

A two-Part Symposium

Sincerest Gratitude

On behalf of the NAACP San Diego Branch & SDSU’s Black Minds Project, I would like to personally extend our gratitude to each and every phenomenal panelist and participant. Thank you for making our symposium on Working Together to Improve Outcomes for All Black Children and Families a heartfelt success.

Here is Day One’s recording:

Day One: Why Black Educators Matter


  • Dr. J. Luke Wood, San Diego State University, Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Dr. Adisa Alkebulan, SDSU, Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies (invited)
  • Dr. Micia Mosely, Founder and Director of the Black Teacher Project
  • Lisa Kelly, Middle School Teacher, Black Teacher Project Fellow
  • Dr. Ernest Black, Statewide Director of the CalStateTEACH Program
  • Dr. Joe Fulcher, Assistant Superintendent, Equity, Culture & Support Services, Sweetwater Union High School District

Moderator: Katrina Hasan Hamilton

Here is Day Two’s recording:

Day Two: Why Support is Critical for Increasing Black Parent Involvement in Schools

  • Dr. Grace Carroll – Wordsmith LLC, Akira’s Book Club & The Village Project’s Emanyatta Program
  • Dr. Idara Essien – SDSU, Assistant Professor Child and Family Development
  • Selam Gebrekristos, M.F.T. – SDSU, Co-Director of MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling. SDCC, Counselor
  • Rashida Hameed – President/CEO of Epiphany Women in Focus, Epiphany Project
  • Mohamed Qas – SDSU, The Black Minds Project

Feb 27: ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop

ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop: Poetry & Black History

All are welcome to join us at 2pm on February 22nd to work on writing poetry. Examples of great poems from Black writers of the ages will be used to inspire and instruct writers of all ages.

At the time of the workshop, anyone may join by visiting:

Zoom Requirements

For the safety of all attendees, we require the following from participants in our meetings:

  • Have a (paid or) free Zoom account and log in to it before attending
  • Use a current recognizable photo of their face as the profile picture
  • Use their legal first and last names on their profile

For help on setting up zoom, please see