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


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! 

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2023 BlackSEL Summit.

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

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.

We rely on the generosity of corporate and private sponsors to help us achieve our goals. We are grateful for each sponsor’s passion for our mission and desire to support those in need.

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

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! 

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.

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!

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

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Black SEL members receive exclusive access to events and resources for families, communities, and school districts.

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

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.

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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