United Black Student Conference (UBSC)

UBSC Synopsis

In this year’s 9th Annual United Black Student Conference, we are focusing on building community between students, staff, and faculty. This year we will continue to tackle topics surrounding racism, sexism, homophobia, colorism and healing from trauma and adversity found within the Black community. We will Rise Together through impactful workshops and presentations that focus on honesty with oneself and the inclusion, diversity and unity within the Black community. Continuing from our last conference focused around Black excellence, Rising Together is meant to connect everyone with different backgrounds and identities within the Black community to embrace unity through difficult times.

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For departments and organizations who would like to table during the lunch time portion of UBSC, please register here.

Parking Information

If you are bringing a bus, please park in parking lot 2A (near the entrance of the school next to Building 1100).

Workshop Descriptions

Building Community Through Service
In this workshop, participants will examine their role as social justice advocates and leaders. They will be provided with creative tools that promote community engagement and undergo a guided experience that will teach them how to put advocacy into praxis.

BlackSpace: Navigating New Age Digital Freedoms
In the Age of Information, digital social spaces like YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have radically changed the game when it comes to representation, content marketing and entrepreneurism that both define and cut across communities of difference. In this presentation, Hastings offers an in-depth discussion of how the Age of Information has sparked a Digital Revolution offering opportunities for radical cultural and economic interventions by Black people. Taking a look at various examples of how Black people have capitalized, as well as failed to utilize their social currency, this presentation argues that there are radical spaces of possibility between representation and entrepreneurship, where Black creatives can become critical change makers rather than be limited to simple consumers.

Black Feminist Thought
What is Black Feminism? Who can be a feminist? Learn about Black feminist thought and how it can be used to raise consciousness and empowerment in the Black community.

The Power of Relationship Development
What is the importance of building deep relationships? Learn to implement practical life and business tactics of real relationship development from real entrepreneurs. How do you convert a first interaction into a coffee meeting? What questions do you ask? Sign up to our workshop for the answers.

Sawubona! Umoja, Community Building, and Student Success
This workshop will explore how the MiraCosta College Umoja Program promotes student success through community building and student engagement using Umoja Practices.

It is Race NOT Class Status

This workshop will analyze the findings of an extensive, longitudinal study involving thousands of people in the United States to uncover the effects of race in our society that are independent of class status. We will consider what these findings state is the problem, and explore ways in which we can offset the oppressive effects of race on black people in general, but black boys specifically.

Speaker Bio

M’Shai S. Dash is a writer, blogger, and digital content creator from Washington, D.C. She began writing music, poetry, and fiction as a child, and developed a passion for speculative fiction after reading authors Dean Koontz, Toni Morrison, Frank Herbert, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Stephen King, and watching Star Trek, Stargate, Outer Limits, and X Files. Enthralled with the imagery and fantasy she found in those stories, she noticed that there were still few characters that looked like her in most of what she read and saw. Fortunately, her father played tenor saxophone in the avant-garde jazz band, Sun Ra Arkestrah, and through her exposure to their film, Space is the Place, Dash became enamored with the visual aesthetic of afrofuturism and black sci-fi.

Upon graduating from the University of the District of Columbia, Dash began to discover a spectrum of emerging voices in speculative fiction, which inspired her to explore surreal themes in her own writing. Her personal blog, The Traveler’s Dash, is an astronomy-themed open diary that examines the challenges and triumphs of her own intersectionality as a queer, black, Muslim woman in America.

Today, many of Dash’s efforts, writings, and talks are centered on the ways in which art and literature can serve as tools for survivors of sexual violence, but she continues to write and speak about the power of combating harmful, hegemonic narratives. Her commitment to dissecting social justice and human rights issues through the scope of speculative fiction by examining the work of authors from the African diaspora prompted her to write about the impact of those narratives on American popular culture. As she continues to navigate a cultural landscape that is becoming more inclusive of black, brown, native, immigrant, and LGBTQ storytellers, her goal is to further highlight these groups' ongoing efforts to gain agency over their representation in popular media, and celebrate their achievements.

Her writing has appeared in Blavity, For Harriet, and Madame Noir, and her most recent short stories are featured in The Scribes of Nyota: Our Voices, Our Imagination, A Compendium, and in the Awakenings Foundation online magazine. Dash is currently a staff writer and content curator for Black Sci-Fi.com, an online magazine that follows the contributions of people of color in sci-fi literature, comic books, visual arts, tv, and film. She also co-hosts Black Sci-fi TV, a public access television show which airs on PhillyCam.

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