Dr. Goggins is a passionate thought-provoking and engaging facilitator. He will draw upon his 25+ years of experiences and scholarship to provide concrete strategies to some of the most urgent issues facing African-Americans and urban communities. Dr. Goggins equips and empowers participants to be affective and effective. Some topics include:

Equity, Identity, and Achievement - Equity impacts access to social capital. Social capital provides the necessary building blocks for identity. One's sense of self largely determines achievement. Participants will define and discuss equity; comparing and contrasting it to equality. Additionally, participants will examine the role of social capital in the development of identity. Finally, participants will discuss and develop strategies to promote "authentic self" that facilitates academic achievement.

African-Centered Rites of Passage - Sense of self is the basis of the ability to determine which experiences, values and people are harmful (mis-educative) and which are helpful (educative). Therefore, an individual who has entered into a process which clarifies the self and purpose (rites of passage), is being prepared for education. We must see education as a process that starts long before a child is sent to school. The foundations of educative process lies within cultural context. A context which we must build for our children. Participants will learn the values, rituals, and experiences which comprise the African centered rites or passage process.[Click here for more detail]

Recapturing the Black Male Image

The problems facing black males are well known and researched. In the media, black males are often maligned as menaces to society or featured as natural wonders. Seldom are black males presented in light of their “normality.”

In this workshop/lecture, Dr. Goggins will critique the familiar narratives used to construct the prevailing black male image, discuss the strengths and resiliency that exist within the African-American male experience, and suggest strategies to recapture and reconstruct the Black male image. [Click here for more resources.]

Effective Interactions with African-American Males - Using an African-centered philosophical worldview and a racial socialization framework, this workshop seeks to empower individuals to overcome the systemic disadvantaging processes limiting their interactions with African-American males. Dr. Goggins will facilitate discussions about the challenges, obstacles, and rewards of working with African-American males. Participants will examine and develop strategies to restore a healthy definition of Black manhood. [Click here for more resources.]

African-American Students and Academic Disengagement - The academic achievement gap is a phenomena well documented in the United States. The research reveals many factors that contribute to the disparities between African-American students and their peers. However, the power of choice is the single most important factor that determines success.

This workshop explores the reasons for African-American students to opt for academic disengage, and the strategies to empower student to choose success.

Ten Things "Any" Parent Can Do To Improve Their Child's Education - There many things you can do to promote the academic success of your child. Though most are very simple, all can have profound impact. The greatest thing you can do is to make education important. Our children tend to value those things that we demonstrate are important through our actions and time.

African-centered Education

Education is the process that prepares the young for their future membership and active participation in the maintenance or development of a society (Nyerere, J. K. (1967). Education for self-reliance). An African-Centered Education Must Provide

  1. Historical continuity.
  2. Development of meaning and purpose in student's life.
  3. The ability to transform and interpret information (active meaning making).
  4. Development of fictive kinship bonds among members of the community.
  5. Community and parental expectations for development and maintenance of the society.
  6. Opportunities to practice what was learned.
  7. Approval from parents and community.

Participants will discuss and learn African centered philosophy and educational practices.


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