What is Black SEL?

Black SEL is a customized approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) that serves as a primary vehicle for cultural transmission, specifically tailored to the experiences, needs, and cultural contexts of Black students and communities.

Why Black SEL Matters?

Culturally relevant, research-based SEL resources matter, especially for black youth.  Black SEL was launched to intervene in these systems to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by providing needed skills and resources for school communities.

Black SEL Hub

Summer Institute 2024

June 17-21, 2024


The Black SEL Hub Summer Institute is an initiative crafted to delve into the lived experiences of Black students concerning social-emotional development. Over five days, this institute will explore our Black SEL curriculum, providing students with training in social justice skills, racial equity, African-American leadership, workforce development, character development, understanding the political landscape, and exploring a child’s media diet, all while integrating the five competencies of SEL.

Join the Black SEL Collective

An exclusive members-only community for black SEL experts and believers who stand with us in our mission to uplift, cultivate, and transform black communities! 


The Black SEL Summit is a two-day event that brings together educators and SEL practitioners from around the country.

At the summit, we share best practices, innovative approaches for classrooms, and culturally responsive resources to sustain SEL as a tool in Black communities.

The Black SEL Summit is crafted to stand as the premier gathering for Black SEL Providers, Educators, Community Leaders, and Professionals. We firmly believe that equipping every Black individual with the skills to navigate life through the lens of SEL is essential.

Black SEL is about acknowledging the ways that SEL competencies have been present in black communities long before the designation or study of social-emotional learning.

It's not just a donation. It's an investment in a people's future.

Your generosity enables us to continue providing Black youth and communities with SEL resources that will shape the future. We are deeply grateful for each contribution and your passion for our mission.

Meet Our
Black SEL
Student Advocates

Our youth advocates, help us build stronger SEL communities with through volunteer opportunities and community outreach. Black SEL Student Advocate, this is a great opportunity to connect with other young leaders while helping to build your community!


The #BlackSELSummit Aims to highlight and elevate the voices of African American people in the social-emotional field.


2022 Summit Update:

We are positively overwhelmed by the support we received for our BlackSEL Summit 2022! So many came out to be in a community with like-minded Black SEL proponents & allies. A huge thank you once again to our attendees, speakers, volunteers and sponsors! 

Join the

2023 BlackSEL Summit.

We are looking for vendors, award nominees & speakers to be part of our event.

Real impact,
one stat at a time.

of black and brown students feel a lack of school connectedness. Students don’t feel safe, a part of, and close to people at school.
of black and brown students feel less willing to help others in need, be kind to others, and volunteer.
of black and brown students don't understand their strengths and limitations

Resource Hub

Free Downloads

Access SEL downloadable resources intended to equip educators, parents, and communities with Social-Emotional Learning tools.

Listen to Our Podcast

The Dangers of the Mind Podcast, powered by Black SEL- offers information to better reach black and brown communities.

Watch Black SEL Videos

We carefully curate panels, breakout sessions and discussions around the importance of Black SEL.

Read the Latest News

Whether you're familiar with SEL, or just getting started on your journey- stay up-to-date on the latest SEL research and news through our blog.

Latest News


Navigating Structural Racism in Education: A Call to Action for Black SEL Advocates

In recent years, there has been a pervasive myth circulating about a so-called “post-racial” America. However, as we delve...

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How Social-Emotional Learning Supports Trauma Healing: Supporting Black Children – Tamera Foley

Black children often face many challenges that can lead to trauma. This blog explores the crucial role of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)...

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Tap Into Your Transformation- Kamilah Drummond

When Kristen invited me to contribute to this month’s Black SEL newsletter, I was honored and humbled. Kristen suggested that I write a...

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I Changed My Shoes, and It Revolutionized How I Was Able to Rethink High School

How wearing sneakers helped me engage with and listen to students as I thought differently about the future of high school. This article...

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Social-Emotional Learning for Black Students is Ineffective When it is Culture-Blind

In this article, Donna Ford identifies issues that black students face in schools, and the racial trauma that could affect them.  Take a...

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In ‘Social-Emotional Learning,’ Right Sees More Critical Race Theory

This article details how SEL has been confused with Critical Race Theory (CRT) and how and SEL has come under attack by parents who...

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Top 5 Black SEL Moments of Abbott Elementary

This is Why Abbott Elementary’s Janine Teagues is Teacher of the Year Abbott Elementary is the TV show we didn’t know we needed,...

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SEL and Music

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Ian Kelly and I have worked in the mental health field in various aspects for about 5 years now....

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It's our responsibility as African descendants to recognize how social-emotional development will benefit our communities.
Kristen Hopkins
CEO & Founder | Dangers of the Mind Education Fund x Black SEL