Day puts focus on African-American history

OCEANSIDE — The United Black Student Conference, dubbed “Leave Your Prints on History,” is part of the Oceanside Campus’s Black History Month and will host a series of Feb. 8 workshops at the college, 1 Barnard Drive, that will focus on African-American cultural issues.The celebrations will include free food and entertainment, according to Dr. Bruce Hoskins, a MiraCosta College sociology professor and event organizer.

Workshops will include “Who’s Allowed to Use the N-word;” “The New Jim Crow – The War on Drugs and America’s Incarceration of Black Men;” “Writing Your Truth – Exploring Spoken Word Poetry;” and “How to Make a Million Dollars.”

The day will include video clips of historic events in recent African-American history, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The San Diego Slam Team will be reciting an hour of spoken word poetry and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Step Team also will perform.

“We want to get African-American high school students excited about coming to college,” Hoskins said. “We want to let them know about the topics we explore and what we have to offer. We want to give the students who show up a better understanding and a stronger sense of African-American history and culture.”

Registration for the conference begins at 7:30 a.m., and the workshops get underway at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is also open at The first 100 people who register will receive a free T-shirt, and the first 150 receive a free lunch.

The United Black Student Conference is the latest in a series of MiraCosta College efforts to foster an inclusive atmosphere on campus. It will be followed March 22 by the annual Hermanos Unidos/BrothersUnited HUBU Conference, which is aimed at providing an opportunity for young men to discuss strategies to overcome educational and personal challenges that affect men of color in higher education. The HUBU conference aims to motivate and inspire students through topics that address real life issues.

MiraCosta College also sponsors a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR UP) program with the Oceanside Unified School District. It enables MiraCosta and the Oceanside Unified School District to work with and track students at Cesar Chavez and Jefferson middle schools through their first year of college.

It pays for counselors and tutors to work closely with some 1,000 students and their families until the youths get into college. Students also will have access to various resources and will be eligible for future scholarships from the MiraCosta College Foundation.

For more information on the Feb. 8 United Black Student Conference, contact. Hoskins at, call (760) 795-6305 or visit


For more information on the HUBU conference, contact Don Love at, call 760.795.6680, or visit