Each year, our Brotherhood and Sisterhood summit provides a safe and welcoming space for our Black/African American students and staff to embrace their unique identities, make meaningful connections, and become empowered to lead change in their communities.
2022 Brotherhood & Sisterhood Summit
This year's theme is B.O.S.S. Up- Building on Self Respect and Self Determination which will engage students through multiple sessions and activities. Here’s a preview of what will be offered this year:
Careers, but in Black
This session will be provided to the whole group panel-style. The panelists will share about their backgrounds, how they came into their careers and what it is like being Black/African American in their field. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.
Deron Gadsden, Lead Consultant at Project Success/Founder of BE Impactful
Ricky Lee Sales Jr., Rating Veterans Services Representative/Employment Coordinator
Jasmine Foreman, Case Manager/Qualified Mental Health Professional
Bobby Cox, Recruiter
Kimberly Jackson, Operations Program Manager at Enbridge
John James, Technical Manager SCM Transformation at Enbridge
Trevesia Marion, Logistical Team Lead at Baker Hughes/Founder of Young Black Visionaries/Author
Mahmoud Olympio, Film and Television Producer at Mofilmsworks
Mental Health & the Art of Coping
This session will talk about the affects of mental health on the Black community and teach students positive coping strategies through various forms of art, including drawing, music, dancing, singing, etc.
Session Creators: Jac’quese Hargrove and Adrian Hudson, presented by various facilitators
Let’s Talk About MEdia – Black Representation in the Media
This session will talk about Black/African American representation, stereotypes, and colorism in all forms of media.
Session Creators: LaKeisha Fontenot and Kamille Byrd, presented by various facilitators
Senior Wake Up!
This session is intended for seniors only to help them prepare for life after graduation. The session will include the waves of shock students experience in their first year of college and tips to navigate through their new journey and more!
Session Creator: TeRon Simmons; presented by various facilitators
Time to BOSS UP
This session is intended for 9-11 grade students where they will be able to turn their dreams into goals through vision board making. Students will be engaging in critical conversations on what it means to “boss up” and how to support themselves and the Black community.
Session Creator: Tameike Washington; presented by various facilitators
Welcome & Ice Breakers
The summit will kick-off with the whole group and students will hear from the summit leads and participate in some fun ice breaker games to get them moving around and networking with other students across campuses.
Lead by: TeRon Simmons & Carnetta Griffin
Lunch & Social Hour
Students will use this time to eat lunch, mingle with peers, and connect with some community vendors such as Houston Community College and Harris County Votes where they would be able to register to vote if eligible. There will also be games, a live DJ, and more!