Cal Black Alumni Association Speaker Series – Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

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Cal Black Alumni Association Speaker Series – Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Topic:Young People’s Learning and Growth”
As ensuing generations become increasingly comfortable and well versed in envisioning a life comprising multiple career pathways (including multiple starts and stops), over time our institutions and practices will need to catch up with this reality. Our world is evolving into one shaped by shorter-term successes, some educational “failures,” and compilation of more numerous skills and experiences over the entire trajectory of our lives. We know that thirty years of service and a gold watch is barely visible in the rearview mirror, and our budding workforces will need to get even more adept at navigating this reality. In this conversation, we will discuss what steps we might take along young people’s learning and growth continuum to create more meaningful and holistic life experiences.

Recording: Cal Black Alumni Association Speaker Series with Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

The Cal Black Alumni Association (BAA) cordially invites you to our BAA Speaker Series event of the month, which will take place:

February 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm PST

We’ll be joined by a very special guest and Cal Alumni, Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.

An Oakland native, Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D. is the Founding Executive Director of The Hidden Genius Project. He has dedicated his life to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. In his previous stint as a senior evaluator and consultant, Brandon conducted research, evaluation, and consulted on a range of projects related to intersections of education policy and workforce and economic development.  It was there that he began to recognize the potential for technology to bolster the domestic and global economy as underrepresented populations gain more equitable access to growth sectors.  Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for underserved populations.  He has considerable experience investigating linkages among race, class, and youth development.

Brandon serves on the Board of Trustees/Directors of: Marin Academy (San Rafael, CA); the San Francisco 49ers Academy (East Palo Alto, CA); Great Oakland Public Schools; the Lorenzo Alexander ACES Foundation (Oakland, CA); the GreenLight Fund (Oakland, CA), and Aim High (San Francisco, CA). 

About The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities.  

The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of Black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment.

To stay up-to-date with all the great work that Brandon is doing, please visit his website and follow him on Twitter @bnicholson83 and @hiddengeniuspro