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Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth

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BHCC's Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth draws on the College’s nationally recognized work to design culturally inclusive learning environments that value the strengths of our diverse students, faculty, staff and local communities. The Center engages the campus in culturally relevant scholarship, practice and advocacy focused on achieving equitable outcomes for all students. Through a multifaceted and intersectional campus-wide conversation, The Center explores the ways in which meaningful community partnerships, equity-minded practices and culturally-grounded pedagogies can be enacted to foster the success of all students and members of the College community.

BHCC's Second Annual Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth (CECW) Institute

Power and Place: Valuing Cultural Wealth to Advance Equity in Higher Education. May 28-29, 2019

Power and Place: Valuing Cultural Wealth to Advance Equity in Higher Education

May 28-30, 2019

The Institute brings together higher education faculty, staff and administrators, artists, community-based organizations, K-12 educators, and cultural institutions to explore scholarship and practice that supports equity outcomes and values community cultural wealth. View the program.

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Keynote Speakers

Shaun R. Harper headshotShaun R. Harper
Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized scholar for his research on race, gender and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. Harper is currently Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, president-elect of the American Educational Research Association and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Harper has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications, and Johns Hopkins University Press is publishing his 13th book, Race Matters in College.  Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he was a tenured full professor and founding executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.


Terri Lyne Carrington headshotTerri Lyne Carrington
Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer/producer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington went on to a celebrated career in music, including a GRAMMY®-nominated debut CD on Verve Forecast, “Real Life Story,” and GRAMMY® Award-winning albums, “The Mosaic Project (2011)” and “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (2013)”. In 2003, Carrington received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music and was appointed professor at the college in 2005, where she currently serves as founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. She also serves as artistic director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, co-curator for BAMS Fest and co-artistic director of The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.


headshot for Yolanda Sealy-RuizYolanda Sealey-Ruiz 
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of English Education at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. Sealey-Ruiz’s research interests include racial literacy development, Black and Latinx male students, Black girl literacies, Black female college reentry and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. At TC she is founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series, where for 10 years, national scholars, doctoral, pre-service and in-service master’s students and young people in schools facilitate informal conversations around race and other issues of diversity in schools and society. Sealey-Ruiz is also a co-founder (with Laura Smith and Lalitha Vasudevan) of the Civic Participation Project at TC, a multi-disciplinary project that focuses on the well-being of youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Sealey-Ruiz is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) 2018 Revolutionary Mentor Award, and the 2016 AERA Mid-Career Award in Teacher and Teacher Education.


headshot for eter Nien-chu KiangPeter Nien-chu Kiang
Peter Nien-chu Kiang, Ed.D., is Professor and Director of the Asian American Studies Program in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he has taught since 1987. Kiang’s research, teaching and advocacy in both K-12 and higher education with Asian American immigrant/refugee students and communities have been supported by the National Academy of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education and others. Since 2010, he has been co-principal investigator and lead proposal writer for three five-year grants totaling $5.25M from the U.S. Department of Education for UMass Boston’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program. Within the university, he has received both the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Service Award. Nationally, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group: Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans in 2013 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Asian American Studies in 2014. Peter served for six years as chair of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and eight years as co-president of the Chinese Historical Society of New England. He holds a B.A., Ed.M., and Ed.D. from Harvard University and is a former Community Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.