Bethel to Host Conference on Educating Black Children

In collaboration with Bethel College and the South Bend Community School Corporation, the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC) will host their fourth annual state conference at Bethel College on Friday, March 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference will be focused around the belief that “all children can learn.”

This conference is the first part of a series on “Capacity Building for Continuous Community Improvement” and will cover the idea of being called to action. The purpose is to identify concerns and develop solutions involving African American students in hopes of benefiting the entire school corporation.

Keynote speakers are leaders in their field and include Sylvia Rousseau, Ed.D., author and director of Clinical Education at the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California; South Bend native and regional educational director for New Leaders for New Schools, Rosa Smith, Ph.D.; and educator, author and motivational speaker, Mychal Wynn.

The conference schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 30

6:30 p.m.         Registration / Meet and Greet

7:30 p.m.         Keynote address – Rosa Smith, Ph.D.


Saturday, March 31

8:30 a.m.         On-site registration / Continental Breakfast

9 a.m.              Mychal Wynn and Sylvia Rousseau Ed.D. / Question and Answer Session

11:30 a.m.       On-site lunch

12:15 p.m.       Afternoon presentation

1 p.m.              City planning sessions

3:15 p.m.         Data review / Question and Answer Session

4 p.m.              “Next Steps” community planning

4:30 p.m.         Adjournment

For more information please contact Dawn Jones, planning committee chair at 574.367.0654 or Diana Daniels, Executive Director, NCEBC at 317.283.9081.To register for the conference, visit or

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.