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African American History Focus Of MJC Conference

Modesto Junior College’s African American Education Conference will be presented virtually on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to join MJC to celebrate African American history, culture, and education. This year’s theme is Perseverance in the Face of Adversity. Attendees will hear inspiring presentations on how to succeed in higher education, explore effective health care and wellness strategies while navigating the global pandemic, and discuss supportive resources for academic achievement.

The conference is free, and all junior high, high school, and college students are considered honored guests. Parents and other interested community members are also encouraged to attend. Go to to RSVP or call (209) 575-6700 for more information.

This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Edward Bush, President of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Dr. Bush has over 22 years of experience in higher education with 17 of those years in the California Community College system. He has served as a tenured associate faculty member in student activities, Director of the Educational Talent Search Federal TRIO Grant, and Dean of Student Services. In addition, he has served on numerous college, district, and state-wide committees throughout his career and has been active in several community organizations. He has also been on the board for numerous non-profit foundations. Dr. Bush is the co-founder and board member of African American Male Educational Network and Development (A2Mend), a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to improving the educational outcomes for African American men and other men of color enrolled in the California Community College system. He has taught courses in student development, organizational theory, and research.

A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Bush has co-authored two books, two book chapters, and eight peer-reviewed publications appearing in journals including: Black Issues in Higher Education, Community College Week, Diverse Educational Horizons, Journal of African American Males in Education, and the Community College Journal. He is a highly sought-after speaker on issues related to student success, equity, diversity, and leadership and has been invited to speak at numerous local, statewide, and national organizations.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Riverside, Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University in Urban Educational Leadership.