The Relevance of HBCUs: A Timely Discussion S4E4 & E5 (Part 1 & 2)
Dr. Moosgar Borieux
My family is originally from the island of Hispanola, in particular Haiti. We migrated to Atlanta, Ga when I was sixteen months. I like to joke: I have Caribbean roots, raised in Southern soil and that makes for an awesome combination. After my eventful formative years in Atlanta, I had the privilege of attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Huntsville, AL where I studied psychology and Spanish. I pursued my Masters of Arts in Community Counseling. With Masters in hand, I gained valuable experience working as a mental health counselor for a number of years in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. Having gained much experience, I sought to further advance my education so I moved West, California to study Human Development and Family Studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the field of social sciences in a number of capacities including counseling and currently teaching and doing applied research. During my spare time, I enjoy sports- baseball, football, soccer, tennis, swimming, etc. I also enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors options as much as possible (Although, I’ve been stuck inside due to Covid-19). I also have a passion for reading, creative expression and the Arts. I also enjoy culture, exploring local places as well as international traveling. I make it my mission to initiate and affirm humanity within my sphere of influence.
Ms. Tosha Bright is a marketing professional from Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and most recently has completed the Professional Program in Producing at UCLA. For the last 13 years Tosha has worked in the entertainment industry, and is currently the Associate Director in Retail Marketing at The Walt Disney Company. Tosha is passionate about her faith, family, and friends and these days enjoys approved outdoor activities. (Ms. Bright is an Insufferable Academics Associate Producer)
Mr. Larry J. Gomez was born and raised in Southern California.
He started his collegiate career at Morehouse College where he was a part of their Dual Degree Engineering Program. Larry graduated from Morehouse in May of 2008 with a B.S. in General Sciences and completed the rest of his program in May of 2010 with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
Larry now resides in Los Angeles, Ca working as a Regional Sales Engineer covering the Pacific and Northwest regions for a leading manufacturing company of heat-treating equipment for the metallurgical and aerospace industries.
Ms. Charmain Young has served as an innovative educator for over 25 years. Dedicated in her roles as teacher, coordinator, principal, and district administrator. She has supported school districts, students and school communities in discovering their love of learning. She Understands the urgency for urban school communities to define their instructional vision and outline viable resources for sustainability. Charmain is passionate about guiding others in reflecting on their practice and purpose. Education is the highest demonstration of social advocacy. Our focus must always seek to re-engage the disenfranchised through Grace & Growth.
Philosophy: Aligned to MLK’s quote: The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Final Thought on HBCUs: The urgency for HBCUs , in this present time, is a clear and relevant necessity to provide collective cultural validity, awareness, safety, mental healthy, and generational connectivity. HBCUs are the conduit, the thread to the rich, intellectual wealth, and legacy of our ancestors.