ECOC 2023 Annual Summit
January 14, 2023  ·  Colorado College
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MT)

The Educating Children of Color Summit provides a unique opportunity for educators, juvenile justice, and child welfare professionals to enhance their ability to retain and inspire the students they serve. It is also an opportunity for high school students to learn about themselves while they explore higher education.  Through professional registrations at the Summit we award money to students to help defray the cost of higher education. Over the last 15 years, ECOC has awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships and educational gifts as well as 240 laptops to students attending the Educating Children of Color Summit. During the 2023 Summit, $146,000 in scholarships and educational gifts will be awarded to students in attendance. In addition, six $500 awards will be provided to educators for classroom enhancement or continuing education. 

Agenda
Saturday, January 14
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale Call to Order-Ashley Cornelius, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak Region Welcome from Colorado College Senior Vice President, Mike Edmonds
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Curious how you can get more bang for your buck? Dr. Charity Peak from Class 101 will share money-saving secrets and tips for successfully navigating the complicated college admissions and financial aid process.
Explore the breadth of LGBTQ identities, respectful interactions, legal issues, and best practices to address classroom management, gender-specific settings, transition plans, privacy, community resistance, and student records. Willy Wilkinson
This session will focus on the growing exploitation of minors for commercial sex. Who is at risk? Who are the perpetrators? How are minors recruited? Where does trafficking occur? What can you do to protect yourself and youth? Wendy Smith
Educators, leaders, and community members will learn about what it is like to serve in a school designated as "Turnaround" by the CDE and identify solutions to increase academic and after school program performance for the whole child. Nicholas Karn
How can we bring undocumented youth out of the shadows? What immigration relief exist for undocumented children? What realities do they face? Paulina Cook/Cindy Schlosser/Katherine Valentin
West Middle School 8th graders are acting as peer mediators and restorative justice practitioners as part of the discipline process at their school. Join 8th grade Peer Mediators as they demonstrate the power of Restorative Justice. Sarah Clapham
Unpack the rigor and relevance of integrating SEL competencies into academic and guidance lessons, encourage participants to promote student agency and advocacy through personal and partnerships that build student leaders. Jennifer Cunningham
Tim Wise will address the growing backlash against racial equity initiatives in schools and workplaces. Mr. Wise will provide suggestions on how we can respond to those attacks and the pitfalls we should avoid.
This American College of Surgeons' program has prepared over 2.1 million people worldwide on how to stop bleeding in a severely injured person. Gain the ability to recognize and intervene effectively to help save a life. Christy Tennant
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
In examining the way in which school districts are operating, we will explore the value of authentically engaging the community in co-creating the future. ASD20 has seen the need to focus and prioritize this work. Dr. Jim Smith/Austina Lee
Learn methods to connect low literacy students with the skills necessary for student achievement and success. Their engagement can change their life trajectory. Michele Shampoe/Denise Carter/Pearl Ivory/Stephanie Chen
Sequenced intentional career-connected learning increases graduation rates, early career satisfaction, and workforce success. The PPBEA 's mission is to connect students' talents, interests & aptitudes to the world of work. Theresa Klinitski/Bob Gemignani
There are over 2.5 M homeless children in the U.S. Explore interventions that can be used to address homelessness by exploring the lived experience of a formerly homeless youth who is now an educator. Dr. Antoine Lovell
Create and share personalized spice blends to represent your personality and identity. Learn how to run the activity and how to use food to connect young people to themselves and each other. Izzy Nuñez /Cordelia Fees-Armstrong
This Colorado program provides mentoring through college and into law school. Fellows receive valuable training on skills that will equip them for success in college and will make them competitive applicants for law school. Judge Sueann Johnson
Acompáñanos a explorar cómo contrarestar este hecho y a aprender acerca de los efectos de la asimilación y aculturación en el bienestar social y emocional de sus familias, en especial sus jóvenes. Voces Unidas for Justice
Participants will be immersed in a situation where they do not know the language and be asked to reflect on how they felt. Effective strategies for teaching students who are learning English will be reviewed and discussed. Dr. Kathy Jones
We are living in a world with high trauma exposure. Learn skills to help children gain trauma resiliency and increase your empowerment as well as theirs. Julie Hendrickson/Kristen Seagren
Our session will empower you to identify the five stages of Grief. Learn coping skills to manage each stage. Many people struggle after tragic experiences of loss, and COVID took many through some form of Grief. Dr. Cheryl Ivory
This highly interactive workshop will demonstrate how the total experience of being a Black male in America is chronically traumatic. Jonathan McMillan
This session will explore visibility in different forms of media, what stereotypes are being perpetrated. What myths can be de mystified. What steps can we take to move forward by changing the perceptions that are present. Dr. Albert Wiggins
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This session will focus on how to build positive and meaningful relationships between student (“U”) and educator (“I”) through strategies to embrace the social and emotional needs of students in order to provide equity for gifted students. Shontel Newsome
College 101: Prepárese para la universidad. Hay información de cómo llegar y lo que necesita hacer para prosperar. La sesión está en español. Sesión para Padres de Familia y Jóvenes. Dr. Nancy Hernandez
Recent studies suggest that more young people than ever identify as LGBTQ and that a quarter of those youth are non-binary. How do we affirm youth in their identities, respect pronouns, and navigate the school system? Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC
This breakout session will have participants examine the ways in which discipline, policies, and systems interact in relation to students. Participants will reflect on their practices will incorporating strategies for improvement. Matthew Woods
Adultification bias impacts children of color, particularly African American girls. Learn how practitioners can mitigate this bias to provide more equitable educational outcomes. Dr. Carolyn Strong
Each one of us can find a state of regeneration inside of ourselves, for each of our bodies knows how to heal. In this breakout session, we will explore the conditions we must cultivate to allow our bodies to self-heal traumatic stress. Amy Scott
Explore cultural competence to understand and effectively interact with people from different cultures. Learn to negotiate cross-cultural differences to accomplish practical goals. Michele Shampoe/Denise Carter/Pearl Ivory/Stephanie Chen
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Scholarships and educational gifts in the amount of $146,000 will be awarded to students. Six $500 awards will be given to randomly selected educators for classroom enhancement or for continuing education. Must be in attendance to win.
Speakers
Adult Education Manager
Food to Power
Izzy Nuñez (she/they) is the Adult Education Manager at Food to Power and a graduate of Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Izzy is from Colorado Springs and is excited help transform our local food system through education and community building.
Fellow
Law School… Yes We Can
Gregory Abukar-Duru was born in Missouri but later moved to Colorado.With these lessons, he will enter his first year at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with confidence and pride.
Student
Colorado College
Neha currently attends Colorado College, where she plans to earn a major in Psychology and a double minor in Feminist and Gender Studies and Film and Media studies.
President/Treasurer
Law School…Yes We Can
Jason A. Márquez has been practicing law since 2008, almost exclusively in family law. However, he has and continues to work in criminal defense.
Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach
Colorado Judicial Department
Sumi Lee serves as the Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach at the State Court Administrator’s Office of the Colorado Judicial Department.
Athletic Director/ Assistant Principal
Mitchell High School
My name is Nick Karn and I currently the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs.
Director
Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance
Bob Gemignani currently serves as Director of the Pikes Peak Business & Education Alliance (PPBEA) and Executive Director of the Business & Education Alliance (BEA) 501(c)(3).
Operations Manager and Education Coordinator
Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance
Theresa Klinitski, Operations Manager and Education Coordinator with the Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance (PPBEA).
Therapist and Trainer
Amy Scott Mind Body
Amy Scott Mind Body is a wellness organization with a mission to help sensitive, empathic, and conscious human beings to release systemic oppression and embody their truths through somatic experiences.
Provost Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Social Policy and Practice
Antoine Lovell, Ph.D., MSW, MPA is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Lovell is a social policy researcher studying how race and racism impact public policymaking and administration
Hip Hop M.D
Hip Hop Science
Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Inspirational Speaker, Author
Chris Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation.
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
Denver Health
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and is the manager of the RISE program at Denver Health, providing confidential peer support to Denver Health personnel.
Judge
Colorado Court of Appeals
Judge Sueanna P. Johnson was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on December 2, 2019, and sworn in on February 13, 2020.
LPC & Gender Therapist
DARA HOFFMAN-FOX LPC (they/them/theirs) is a queer-identified gender therapist, writer, educator, and subject matter expert.
Dr. Wiggins enjoys spending his time with his family, friends, church family, and supporting student activities.
Retired Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
She has seen the impact human exploitation has had from multiple angles. Wendy has been a speaker on human trafficking, and has published on this topic.
Volunteer and Youth Education Manager
Food to Power
Cordelia is the Volunteer and Youth Education Manager at Food to Power. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has watched the city grow and change through the years.
Education Director
Food to Power
Erin is the Director of Education and Advocacy at Food to Power. She believes that food and land are some of the best teachers out there.
Author, Journalist, Activist, Consultant & Advocate
Be Better Than Average
Jonathan McMillan is a keynote speaker, author, journalist, activist, consultant & advocate for the empowerment of communities/ youth of color and he is the founder of Be Better Than Average.
Educator
Ascent Classical Academy
Dr. Jones began teaching for Colorado Christian University in 2016. Since then, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Jones serves in Student Services at Ascent Classical Academy in Douglas County.
Therapist
Enlightened Psychotherapy
Dr. Ivory loves and enjoys being a Therapist. She provides individual and couples counseling for adults in Texas. All therapy sessions are done via Telehealth. She supervises Associates who work with children.
RN, Injury Prevention Specialist
Penrose- St. Francis
I have been a nurse for nearly 20 years and worked as a flight nurse for 12 years. I am currently the Injury Prevention Specialist for Penrose- St. Francis Trauma Services.
Director of Choirs and Activities
Air Academy High
Ms. Lee is passionate about cultivating caring relationships with students to harness their unique strengths and create an educational experience connecting their experience at school with life beyond the school walls.
Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Engagement
Academy District 20
Dr. Jim Smith serves as the was the Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Engagement in Academy District 20, in Colorado Springs.
Social Emotional Learning Cultural Specialist
Aldine ISD
Jennifer is a 23-year educational veteran serving the student, teacher, and counselor population within Spring ISD with behavioral interventions that support social and emotional learning.
Therapist
Academy District 20 Family Resource Center
Kristen graduated from Park University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. She worked as a Social Worker in a hospital setting.
Doctoral Candidate
Julie graduated from Buena Vista University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She worked as a case manager for the Department of Human Services in El Paso County and North Carolina.
Writer, Public Health Consultant, Cultural Competency Trainer
LGBTQ ACCESS
LGBTQ Cultural Competency Trainer with 3 decades of experience
Advanced Academics Specialist
Spring Independent School District
Stepheny Chen, M.Ed. is a student-focused leader with a passionate commitment to the development of students and educators, and being an advocate for the voiceless.
Educator
Life After Life Inc
Pearl has recently come out of the classroom to focus on training other teachers, which has been a dream of hers since completing her M.Ed. She stands behind the vision; to rebuild the community by healing the family first.
Critical Mass Team
Denise Carter, M.Ed. is the founder, owner and creator of Smarty Bunch™ Educational Consulting. She successfully trained leaders, coaches and teachers the last 25 years.
Lead Development/Literacy
Spring Independent School District
Michele Shampoe, M.Ed. currently helps lead literacy efforts, K-12, for Spring Independent School District in a Lead Development/Literacy Lead position for Instructional Services
MSW
RMIAN
Katherine joined RMIAN January of 2020 and works with both detained adults and children.
LSW, MSW
RMIAN
Cindy joined RMIAN in October 2018 as a Social Worker, she works with both the Detention Program and Children’s Program.
Children’s Program Staff Attorney
RMAIN
Educator
Dr. Carolyn Strong is an educator with an ardent belief in equity and anti-racist practices. She has been described as a cultural light bringer with plenty of shade as well as a firebrand for the culture.
Educational Administrator | CEO of Leading Out The Woods LLC | Host of the K-12 podcast: Leading Out the Woods
Dr. Matthew Woods is a K-12 educator in Virginia, and hosts the podcast, Leading Out The Woods. He is also the author of the children’s book series, "I Wanna Be…". Connect on Twitter @woodfromawoods or visit his website www.leadingoutthewoods.com
SpeakOut
Wise has been an anti-racism activist for 30 years. He has authored nine books including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His newest book, Dispatches from the Race War, came out in December 2020.

Izzy Nuñez

Izzy Nuñez (she/they) is the Adult Education Manager at Food to Power and a graduate of Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Izzy is from Colorado Springs and is excited help transform our local food system through education and community building.

Gregory Abukar-Duru

Gregory Abukar-Duru was born in Missouri but later moved to Colorado.With these lessons, he will enter his first year at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with confidence and pride.

Neharika (“Neha”) Arora

Neha currently attends Colorado College, where she plans to earn a major in Psychology and a double minor in Feminist and Gender Studies and Film and Media studies.

Jason Márquez

Jason A. Márquez has been practicing law since 2008, almost exclusively in family law. However, he has and continues to work in criminal defense.

Sumi Lee

Sumi Lee serves as the Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach at the State Court Administrator’s Office of the Colorado Judicial Department.

Nicholas Karn

My name is Nick Karn and I currently the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs.

Bob Gemignani

Bob Gemignani currently serves as Director of the Pikes Peak Business & Education Alliance (PPBEA) and Executive Director of the Business & Education Alliance (BEA) 501(c)(3).

Theresa Klinitski

Theresa Klinitski, Operations Manager and Education Coordinator with the Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance (PPBEA).

Amy Scott

Amy Scott Mind Body is a wellness organization with a mission to help sensitive, empathic, and conscious human beings to release systemic oppression and embody their truths through somatic experiences.

Dr. Antoine Lovell

Antoine Lovell, Ph.D., MSW, MPA is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Lovell is a social policy researcher studying how race and racism impact public policymaking and administration

Maynard Okereke

Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation.

Ashley Cornelius

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and is the manager of the RISE program at Denver Health, providing confidential peer support to Denver Health personnel.

Sueanna Johnson

Judge Sueanna P. Johnson was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on December 2, 2019, and sworn in on February 13, 2020.

Dara Hoffman-Fox

DARA HOFFMAN-FOX LPC (they/them/theirs) is a queer-identified gender therapist, writer, educator, and subject matter expert.

Dr. Albert Wiggins

Dr. Wiggins enjoys spending his time with his family, friends, church family, and supporting student activities.

Wendy Smith

She has seen the impact human exploitation has had from multiple angles. Wendy has been a speaker on human trafficking, and has published on this topic.

Cordelia Fees-Armstrong

Cordelia is the Volunteer and Youth Education Manager at Food to Power. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has watched the city grow and change through the years.

Erin Taylor

Erin is the Director of Education and Advocacy at Food to Power. She believes that food and land are some of the best teachers out there.

Jonathan McMillan

Jonathan McMillan is a keynote speaker, author, journalist, activist, consultant & advocate for the empowerment of communities/ youth of color and he is the founder of Be Better Than Average.

Dr. Kathy Jones

Dr. Jones began teaching for Colorado Christian University in 2016. Since then, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Jones serves in Student Services at Ascent Classical Academy in Douglas County.

Dr. Cheryl Ivory

Dr. Ivory loves and enjoys being a Therapist. She provides individual and couples counseling for adults in Texas. All therapy sessions are done via Telehealth. She supervises Associates who work with children.

Christy Tennant

I have been a nurse for nearly 20 years and worked as a flight nurse for 12 years. I am currently the Injury Prevention Specialist for Penrose- St. Francis Trauma Services.

Austina Lee

Ms. Lee is passionate about cultivating caring relationships with students to harness their unique strengths and create an educational experience connecting their experience at school with life beyond the school walls.

Dr. Jim Smith

Dr. Jim Smith serves as the was the Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Engagement in Academy District 20, in Colorado Springs.

Jennifer Cunningham

Jennifer is a 23-year educational veteran serving the student, teacher, and counselor population within Spring ISD with behavioral interventions that support social and emotional learning.

Kristen Seagren

Kristen graduated from Park University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. She worked as a Social Worker in a hospital setting.

Julie Hendrickson

Julie graduated from Buena Vista University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She worked as a case manager for the Department of Human Services in El Paso County and North Carolina.

Willy Wilkinson

LGBTQ Cultural Competency Trainer with 3 decades of experience

Stepheny Chen

Stepheny Chen, M.Ed. is a student-focused leader with a passionate commitment to the development of students and educators, and being an advocate for the voiceless.

Pearl Ivory

Pearl has recently come out of the classroom to focus on training other teachers, which has been a dream of hers since completing her M.Ed. She stands behind the vision; to rebuild the community by healing the family first.

Denise Carter

Denise Carter, M.Ed. is the founder, owner and creator of Smarty Bunch™ Educational Consulting. She successfully trained leaders, coaches and teachers the last 25 years.

Michele Shampoe

Michele Shampoe, M.Ed. currently helps lead literacy efforts, K-12, for Spring Independent School District in a Lead Development/Literacy Lead position for Instructional Services

Katherine Valentin

Katherine joined RMIAN January of 2020 and works with both detained adults and children.

Cindy Schlosser

Cindy joined RMIAN in October 2018 as a Social Worker, she works with both the Detention Program and Children’s Program.

Dr. Carolyn Strong

Dr. Carolyn Strong is an educator with an ardent belief in equity and anti-racist practices. She has been described as a cultural light bringer with plenty of shade as well as a firebrand for the culture.

Dr. Matthew Woods

Dr. Matthew Woods is a K-12 educator in Virginia, and hosts the podcast, Leading Out The Woods. He is also the author of the children’s book series, "I Wanna Be…". Connect on Twitter @woodfromawoods or visit his website www.leadingoutthewoods.com

Tim Wise

Wise has been an anti-racism activist for 30 years. He has authored nine books including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His newest book, Dispatches from the Race War, came out in December 2020.

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