African American Education Conference

aaecPlease join us to celebrate African American history, culture, and education. This year’s theme focuses on perseverance in the face of adversity. We will hear inspiring presentations on how to succeed in higher education, we will explore effective health care and wellness strategies while navigating the global pandemic, and we will discuss supportive resources for academic achievement. This conference is free to all junior high, high school, and college students. Parents are encouraged to attend. Sign up at

February 27, 2021
Virtual Zoom Conference


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Master of Ceremonies
John Griffin III & Dejeune M. Shelton

Conference Opening
Umoja Opening: Eric Anthony Ivory, MS


Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, MJC Interim President
Ms. Jennifer Novoa, ASMJC President

Mr. Ricky LaTour


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Edward C. Bush

Sponsor Names:
Associated Students of Modesto Junior College (ASMJC) 
MJC Office of Student Equity


Session #1: Education In The Time of COVID: Look for the Helpers 

This session will  highlight the African American student experience during the global pandemic. Panel members will share their personal higher education journey and encourage students to persist even in the face of adversity. Participants lean more about the Umoja program and will be inspired to accomplish their academic and career goals. 

Presenter: Ms. LaKiesha McDonald, CEO/Founder LRM Growth Solutions

Session #2: Take Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others: Mental Health and Self-Care

Health & Wellness is often taken for granted. Let's see how you stack up with taking care of yourself and others in this interactive game of trivia. as you play, learn more about wellness strategies that's good for you and people you care about. no matter if you are a novice or an expert, you will be sure to learn more while having a good time! 

Presenter: Dr. Jacquelyne Forte, MJC Director of Student Services 

Presentation of the Legacy Award
Presented by Ms. Venesse Metcalf, MJC Instructor of Human Services & 2020 Legacy Award Recipient 

Conference Closing
Umoja Closing - Eric Anthony Ivory, MS

Additional Details

What is the purpose of the Conference?

The purpose of the African American Education Conference is to enrich and empower current and future Modesto Junior College students to be successful in pursuing higher education. 

How do I register for the conference?

Click HERE to register!

Who funds the conferences?

The conference is funded by the MJC Office of Student Equity and the Associated Students of MJC.


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