With the help Skyline College faculty and staff, EOPS counselors of Sacramento City College and the Low End Theory Collaborative, hosted their 1st Annual Rock The School Bells Hip Hop Educational Conference for over 150 youth and students from local feeder high schools in Sacramento. Counselors, Nate Nevado and Melanie Espinueva, and English instructor, Nathan Jones, represented Skyline College.
Vice President of Student Services of Sacramento City College, Michael Poindexter, and the Dean of Learning Resources, Dr. Rhonda Rios-Kravitz, provided welcome remarks for the event. Nate Nevado provided the keynote address emphasizing the importance of higher education and social responsibility through Hip Hop.
The conference consisted of many educational workshops that included: Social Action through Hip Hop, spoken word and writing workshops, and Exploring Race and Ethnicity through the lenses of Hip Hop. Educational programs and services were also at hand to provide students with degree and transfer information to 4-year universities. In addition, Skyline College’s very own student club, Urban Youth Society provided an energetic live performance.
Rock The School Bells aims to empower and educate our youth about the importance of higher education and career exploration, increase awareness of the value of personal development and healthy lifestyles, and promote social change within their communities through Hip Hop. Our goal is to expand Rock The School Bells to other college campuses in California.
Check out news highlights of Rock The School Bells – Sacramento, on KCRA.com.
Article by: Nate Nevado, Photos by Melanie Espinueva & Nate Nevado.