The Michigan Department of Education’s Phase 2 of The African American Student Initiative (TAASI) continues the journey to develop and transform culturally proficient educators. Sessions will explore more deeply areas of race, power, and privilege as they are related to the institution of education. This phase is intended to expand on the awareness and transformation sessions from Phase 1 of the TAASI.  (It is recommended educators attend Phase 1* sessions prior to attending Phase 2.)


  • To use cultural proficiency to understand and change the dialogue of race, power, and privilege in schools and districts;
  • To intentionally increase reflective practices during decision making process that promote sustainable, positive, and equitable changes in schools and districts; and
  • To share, dialogue, and learn with one another about our unique truths and perspectives about race, power, and privilege in schools and districts.


  • Who: School level teams of three or four people (i.e., building leadership, teacher/teacher leader, counselor, nurse, parent/family liaison, etc.). Please note that superintendent support is required at time of application.
  • Cost: The sessions are free to 2012, 2013, and 2014 named Title 1 Priority and Focus Schools.  There is a $20.00 per session/per person fee for unnamed or non-Title 1 Schools wishing to participate.
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  • Click here to apply and register your school team.

Upcoming sessions

All sessions will be held from 9 am. to noon at the UrbanBeat Event Center, 1213 Turner Street in Lansing.

  • December 13, 2017 — Privilege: The Gaps Associated with People of Color
  • January 31, 2018 — White Privilege: Benefits from the GI Bill
  • February 28, 2018 — Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, Micro/Macro Aggressions Part 1
  • March 28, 2018 — Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, Micro/Macro Aggressions Part 2
  • April 18, 2018 — Becoming an Ally vs an Advocate
  • May 16, 2018 — Now What?

For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Saunders via email or at (517) 241-9566 or Dr. Jill Griffin via email or at (517) 335-3604.