2017 UC Davis Equity Summit

Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Dr. GinwrightDr. Shawn Ginwright is a leading expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is also an associate professor at California State University, San Francisco, and has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review and New Directions in Youth Development. Dr. Ginwright has also been awarded the prestigious Fulbright senior specialist award from the U.S. Department of State for his outstanding research and work with urban youth. Some of his other notable achievements:

  • Founded Leadership Excellence, Inc. an Oakland youth development agency
  • Created Research Collaborative on Youth Activism, a network of scholar-activists
  • Co-founded Flourish Agenda, a social impact company that supports schools and community organizations in developing healthy school climates and student well-being
  • Advised the Ford Foundation, Spencer Foundation and Heinz Endowments on philanthropic strategies to support young people in urban communities
  • Serves on the board of directors for the California Endowment with oversight of a $3 billion endowment to improve the health of California's underserved communities
  • Serves on the advisory board for the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning (CIRCLE) at the Johnathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

Dr. Ginwright’s publications include:

  • Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart
  • Black in School—Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture 
  • Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America
  • Co-editor of Beyond Resistance! Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth