Social Emotional Learning and the Black Experience

The Black experience in the united states in the western world is based on historical and systemic racism from slavery, colonization, and Jim crow AND one of reSELience from building social movements, cooperative economic structures, and culture that prioritizes and heals Black people.

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#BlackSEL
Summit

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

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.

Why Black SEL Matters?

Culturally relevant, research-based SEL resources matter- especially for black youth.  Black SEL was launched to intervene in these systems disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through 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.

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

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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.

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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

Latest News

Article

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

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Commentary

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SEL and Music

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