Arizona Alliance of Black
Calvin Terrell is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard’s Freedom Academy. For more than twenty years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and lead comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States.
Some organizations Calvin has rendered services to are:
Calvin has received awards and honors from Arizona Affirmative Action, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, various religious institutions, and the year 2000 city of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award for his dedication to human rights. A compelling story about Calvin’s work with youth is featured in the book “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul” of the Chicken Soup series. Calvin’s reputation for excellence and sustainable impact have afforded him collaborative venues with Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Janet Napolitano, and even prompted Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s production company, to seek out and contract him to provide justice seminars for Harpo employees and coaching for management. Calvin is an educator/healer at his core. He employs techniques that are engaging, relevant to all populations, multidisciplinary, and integrate modern advances of technology or research partnered with ancient arts of storytelling and visualization. Calvin’s greatest motivations are his marriage of 20plus years, four children, faith, and service to humanity; he is a vigilant spiritual evolutionary, servant of justice, and peaceful warrior of critical thought.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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Phoenix, AZ 85048
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.