Keynote Speaker

Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D. is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development.

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Dr. Ginwright is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Dr. Ginwright is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda, whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adults in transforming their schools and communities. Flourish Agenda does this through its Radical Healing model, which builds social-emotional well-being and leadership development through transformative experiences and new technology tools.

Dr. Ginwright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Endowment, with oversight of a $3 billion endowment to improve the health of California's underserved communities. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning at the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

In 2011, Dr. Ginwright was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Senior Specialist award from the State Department for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. Dr. Ginwright is the author of Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart, Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture, and co-editor of Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth. In 2010, he published Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America.

Dr. Ginwirght will be speaking on Thursday, May 2, at 9:00AM followed by his Master Class and Meet the Authors book signing.

Hope and Healing in Urban EducationHope and Healing in Urban Education proposes a new movement of healing justice to repair the damage done by the erosion of hope resulting from structural violence in urban communities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from around the country, this book chronicles how teacher activists employ healing strategies in stressed schools and community organizations, and work to reverse negative impacts on academic achievement and civic engagement, supporting their students to become powerful civic actors. The book argues that healing a community is a form of political action, and emphasizes the need to place healing and hope at the center of our educational and political strategies. At once a bold, revealing, and nuanced look at troubled urban communities as well as the teacher activists and community members working to reverse the damage done by generations of oppression, Hope and Healing in Urban Education examines how social change can be enacted from within to restore a sense of hope to besieged communities and counteract the effects of poverty, violence, and hopelessness.

Speaker Questions - Dr. Shawn Ginwright

We are excited to bring top-notch speakers to the BOOST Conference every year and this year is no exception. If you could ask a question of Dr. Ginwright, what would you want to know?

Please submit your questions here. We will be choosing well-thought-out questions to guide conversations with Dr. Ginwright at the conference.

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