Minding My Math Business

Minding My Math Business

June 14 – 17, 2021 • Western Kentucky University

Minding My Math Business is a four-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. 

REGISTER

Registration is free to participate in Minding My Math Business. Program participation is limited due to capacity. After registering, participants will be asked to complete a math autobiography. Don’t worry, we have instructions. Those selected for the program will be based on the first ones registered with complete math autobiographies. Registration is open until filled.

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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.

Program Organizers

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.

Ages / Dates / Time / Location 

Minding My Math Business will take place June 14 – 17, 2021 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Gary Ransdell Hall. The program for teens in grades 6-8 will take place from 8:45am – 12:00pm, and the program for grades 9-12 will take place from 1:00pm – 4:15pm

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Minding My Math Business will be hosted in a space that is large enough to hold more the number of accepted registrants with social distancing based on the required Healthy on the Hill, Kentucky and CDC guidelines. Youth, volunteers, and speakers will be asked to follow guidelines with face covering/masks based on the guidelines at the start of the program. Youth will have their own supplies and will not be sharing supplies with others. There will also be a location for everyone to wash their hands and hand sanitize when they like.

Program Instructors

Robin L. Ayers, ABD, Instructor II

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

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

Natasha Gerstenschlager, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Michelle Jones, Pedagogical Associate Professor