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Kúkátónón Presents Dr. Jason Okonofua: 'Bias Impeding Academic Achievement"

  • The Center for Self Enhancement 3920 North Kerby Ave Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)


We are so excited to offer this free event to the community!

Kúkátónón has been dedicated to serving Portland’s Black communities for the past 35 years. We were originally founded in the Portland Public School system in response to the need to connect, and offer culturally-specific services for, our African and African American children and their families. We knew back then our educational and political systems did not accurately educate Black community members or highlight our contributions and cultures. Unfortunately, this remains much the same today.

The event’s guest speaker, Dr. Jason Okonofua, is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He will be presenting his research, which focuses on the social-psychological processes that contribute to inequity, including teacher-student relationships that result in racial disparities in disciplinary action. Through this, he is developing innovative interventions that mitigate the problematic “school-to-prison” pipeline experienced by many African and African American students.

An esteemed researcher in the psychology field, Dr. Okonofua recently won the Cialdini Award, and is also currently working through research grants from Google, Character Lab, and SPARQ. He has been featured on MSNBC and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets.

This event honors our organization’s history and culture and comes at a time when Kúkátónón is expanding its focuses on educational enrichment programs and ramping up initiatives that spur systemic change in the community. The research led by Dr. Jason Okonofua addresses issues within our educational and justice system that pose barriers for, and support the discrimination of, our children.

To find out more about Dr. Jason Okonofua, pleas evisit his website at