Minding My Math Business

June 12 – 16, 2023 • Western Kentucky University

Minding My Math Business is a five-day inclusive summer program for Black and Brown youth to learn rigorous mathematics that develops the young scholars’ mathematical identity and celebrates them as gifted mathematicians. Additionally, the young scholars will engage in and learn about mindfulness and meditative interventions for overcoming negative emotions that often accompany math anxiety.

The educational program provides a curriculum for 6-8 grade youth in the morning followed by 9-12 grade youth in the afternoon. Each session will consist of opportunities to learn rigorous mathematics as well as focus on developing mindfulness and meditative practices. 


This program is organized by WKU professors from the Departments of Mathematics and Counseling & Student Affairs in partnership with For a Real Change, Inc. and The Kelly M. Burch Institute for Transformative Practices in Higher Education. The 2023 program is presented thanks to a grant from the WKU Sisterhood.


Registration is free to participate in Minding My Math Business. Program participation is limited due to capacity. The priority registration deadline is May 1, 2023.


We have answers to some of our frequently asked questions about Minding My Math Business. We want to make sure you have all the information you need before and after you register or your youth register for the program. Take some time to review this page along with the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about this program.

Ages / Dates / Time / Location 

Minding My Math Business will take place June 12 – 16, 2023 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Gary Ransdell Hall. The program for teens in grades 6-8 is scheduled to take place from 8:45am – 12:00pm, and the program for grades 9-12 is scheduled to take place from 1:00pm – 4:15pm. Students in both age groups can participate in the field trip on Friday, June 16, which will be 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Program Instructors

Kanita K. DuCloux, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lacretia Dye, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC, Associate Professor 

Michelle Jones, Pedagogical Associate Professor

Kerron Joseph, Assistant Professor

Youth Director

Aurelia Spaulding, For a Real Change