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Black and Latino Male Summit 2018 Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
The theme for the 2018 Black and Latino Male Summit (BLMS) is Decolonizing Our Minds, Body, and Culture. This year's summit is concentrated in the decolonization of concepts that have impacted and continue to negatively impact Black and Latino men. Our purpose is to deconstruct narratives, build consciousness as to who we are as men of color, and to continue our drive to serve as an agent of positive change in our communities. BLMS, as it has in the past, strives to provide a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss the role of history in today's Black and Latino experience. The summit aims to create an experience that sparks reflection and ignites action from its participants. Furthermore, the organizers and sponsors of this summit seek to promote camaraderie, coalition building, and community between Black and Latino men.
The summit seeks the submission of 'useful' and 'engaging' program proposals. By useful, we mean proposals that provide participants with knowledge, skills, and strategies that they can apply to their lives and/or the lives of their families and communities. By engaging, we mean presentations that are interactive, creative, and contribute some aspect of historical connection to our current society. Each presentation will be allotted 70 minutes in the program schedule. As a presenter you have the option of doing a discussion, workshop, or panel.
- Discussion - A dialogue facilitated by the presenter(s)
- Workshop - A presentation combined with an activity or series of activities surrounding the presentation topic
- Panel - A group of two or more panelist engaging in a discussion amongst each other and the audience
- Masculinity/ Machismo: Masculinity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles stereotypically associated with boys and men and is interpreted differently by individual cultures. Masculinity is experienced and performed by individuals, which can affirm privilege and reinforce binaries that directly impact Black and Latino men.
- Popular culture: Music, movies, and other forms of media play a role in constructing what defines a "Man of Color" in U.S. society. Furthermore, this popular culture exists in a public space that can appropriate and misinterpret our culture which can create false conceptions of ourselves.
- Supporting women of color: Women of Color have experienced a struggle of overcoming overt and institutional racism and sexism throughout our history. Men of Color have contributed to these oppressive systems through our toxic masculinity and machismo. To navigate the oppressive systems that we have contributed to, Men of Color should assist Women of Color through strong professional support and reciprocated emotional labor.
- Education/History: Traditionally, our education has been mostly recorded and remembered via a white perspective, primarily idealizing the 'so-called' accomplishments of white men all while erasing the accomplishments of Men of Color throughout history. There is a definite need to highlight these accomplishments in American history, emphasizing the significant roles that Black and Latinx men and women have actively participated in.
- Political & Social Action: Political and social-action reform in America has traditionally focused on battling societal injustice, corruption, and inequality. Many Black and Latinx leaders of these movements deeply call for the empowerment and equality of the less privileged in society. These leaders promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, and the confirmation of social justice for all people.
- Wild Card: This area will focus on any topics and issues relevant to the identities of Black and Latinx men that fall outside of the aforementioned categories. (ie. Sexuality & Identity Development, Gentrification, Cultural Appropriation, Mental Health, Police Brutality, etc)
We also ask for all presenters to register for BLMS 2018!