Global Conference on Hip Hop Education

HHAAE in partnership with ASA College, Manhattan

2022 Global Conference on Hip Hop Education

More information coming soon.  

Thank you to all who made the 2021 GCHHE a success!
See below for a recap of what went down in 2021!


ASA College

February 3-9, 2021

2021 Meeting Theme:

"Exploring Hip Hop as a Source of Empowerment in our Global Communities"

The 2021 annual meeting call for proposals will be opened on February 21st, 2020; the deadline for submissions is May 30th, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (PST)

Chair (GCHHE)/President (HHAAE): Dr. Tasha Iglesias


The Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education (HHAAE) connects, and supports Hip Hop scholars, teachers, practitioners and artists who engage in Hip Hop to empower their communities. Petchauer (2014) has explained that “most frequently and for good reason, scholars have connected Hip Hop to culturally relevant, asset-based, and critical pedagogies” (p. 3). Many scholars have moved beyond analyzing rap lyrics to engaging in Hip Hop Pedagogy. In doing so, they are highlighting the culture’s elements including MCing, DJing, Graffiti Writing and Bboying/Bgirling. Hip Hop Pedagogy has been identified as an educational tool that can both engage and support students (Petchauer, 2009; Söderman, & Sernhede, 2016; Sulé, 2016). Research on Hip Hop as an effective pedagogy has increased in the last decade (Söderman & Sernhede, 2016) and Hip Hop in the classroom is an “innovative, educationally sound [approach] that considers and develops the cultural capital students bring to the classroom, [and makes] education relevant and purposeful” (Paul, 2000, p. 247).

HHAAE, however, has identified that there are multiple inaccuracies in how Hip Hop histories have been documented, and how Hip Hop Culture has been taught in dance classes, dance studios and other non-profit organizations with various agendas. HHAAE strives for improved communication and partnerships between educators using hip hop pedagogy and the pioneers and practitioners of Hip Hop.
The objective of this conference is to bring together scholars, artists, advocates and practitioners who engage in Hip Hop to both define Hip Hop Pedagogy, and explore how Hip Hop Pedagogy can be used to empower our global community.


Conference Schedule

Schedule is in PST time zone

February 3rd, 2021

9:30-10:00 am: Welcome Message from the Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education (HHAAE) and ASA College

 Dr. Tasha Iglesias, Co-Founder & President, HHAAE, and Chair, Global Conference on Hip Hop         Education

 Matthew “Monk Matthaeus” Duncan, Co-Founder, Vice President, and Director of Elements of   Change, HHAAE

 Cindy Macias, COO & Director of Student Life and Leadership, HHAAE

 Dawyen Sekajipo, MC/Teaching Artist, HHAAE

 Jose Valencia, President, ASA College

 Dr. Shanthi Konkoth, Provost, ASA College

10:00-11:00 am: Keynote Speaker:  Senator Kevin S. Parker

"My personal thoughts as a New York State Senator and College Professor on Hip Hop as a Source of Empowerment in our Global Communities."  


Description:  Senator Parker will trace his earliest recollection of Hip Hop and how it affected his upbringing and later his conduct as an elected official and as a teacher.  He will talk about what Hip Hop means for him today and how he applies it to his life and work. 

11:00-12:00 pm: Hip Hop Family Tree: Art Education’s Potential Contributions to Hip Hop Cultural Appreciation and Pedagogy

 Presenter: Jeffrey Broome, Associate Professor of Art Education, Florida State University

This presentation critically reviews the Hip Hop Family Tree graphic novel series on multiple levels including its use (a) in developing an appreciation for the historical and cultural contributions of hip-hop, (b) in advancing visual art’s role in hip-hop, and (c) as a tool for art educators to consider when introducing postmodern principles, the use of historical and arts-based research methods, and in discussing a broad range of social justice issues.

12:00-1:00 pm: A Workshop: Developing Speech Control, Self-Assessment, and Self-Feedback in a Multilingual Classroom through HipHop: a lesson plan for teaching ELLs how to rap  

 Presenters: Derek Baylor, Full Professor

 Christian Perticone, Director of IEP Programs, ASA College  

TESOL educators will be presented with a lesson plan that incorporates the cultural significance and technical evolution of hip hop, the methods to get novice non-native speakers composing and rapping, and the linguistic merits of such a lesson. Over the course of this session, participants will compose and perform their own raps by first familiarizing themselves with the relationship between beats per line, and syllable-count per lyric. From a linguistic perspective, this lesson has a precursor in Carolyn Graham’s Jazz Chants. However, in this session, participants will also compose their own lyrics and tap into the self-affirming, self-defining power of hip hop. Participants will get access to these resources, detailed lesson plans, and a walk-through of the lesson.  


1:00-2:00 pm: Do Things for the Kids: VTDITC - Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech

 Presenters: Craig Arthur: Head, Community Engagement, University Libraries

 Dr. Freddy Paige, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

 La’ Portia Perkins, Community Engagement Programs Specialist, University Libraries

 DeRay Manning, Junior, Department of Management 

 John Kabongo, Junior, Department of English, Creative Writing Program

#VTDITC is an award-winning series of experiential learning-focused community engagement programs in Southwest Virginia. If all goes according to plan, participants will leave this session with a rough draft of a collaborative, culturally-relevant program that is responsive to the needs of their respective communities.

2:00-3:00 pm:  Building Financial Resilience Through Hip Hop Pedagogy

 Presenters: Dyalekt, Director of Pedagogy, Pockets Change 

 Cai Rodrigues-Sherley, Teaching Artist, Pockets Change

Where we spend our money is a representation of what we value. This holds true for individuals and communities. Teaching our youth about finance impacts much more than wallets, it’s critical to self-advocacy, promoting social justice, and addressing educational equity. Together we’ll look at the transformative power of Hip Hop pedagogy to build spaces for intergenerational money conversations and equip learners of all ages with tools to create change.

3:00-4:00 pm: Rap-up and Reminders 

February 4th, 2021

10:00-10:30 am: Socially Distant: An Ethnographic Study of the Role of Hip Hop Education in a 21st Century Culturally Relevant Curriculum

 Presenter: Durell Cooper, Ed.D (ABD), New York University

This session will explore the scholarly research study currently being done as part of a dissertation on hip hop education. We will explore how hip hop has influenced teaching artists and their relation to the world around them.

10:30-12:00 pm: An Introduction to Therapeutic Beat Making, Today’s Future Sound, and Understanding Trauma

 Dr. Elliot Gann, Executive Director, Today’s Future Sound

This presentation will introduce the Therapeutic Beat Making (TBM) model, as well as how other elements of Hip Hop serve to help youth and adults alike to cope with stress/trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as clarifying the difference between PTSD and Complex Trauma. Educational applications will also be addressed, using TBM model and Today’s Future Sound’s work with youth as an illustration of real world application.

12:00-1:00 pm: Institutionalizing Hip-Hop Pedagogy in French speaking Belgium? A Review of Non-Profit Organizations Projects Related to Hip-Hop Arts and Culture

 Presenter: Axel Mudahemuka Gossiaux, PhD student, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies   (CEDEM)

Many projects using hip-hop arts and culture were implemented within the "Youth Sector" in French speaking Belgium, a specific sector of the state-subsidized non-profit organizations. I propose to review analysis and their methodologies regarding some of them in order to engage further discussions around political, cultural and economic empowerment of both individuals and organizations through hip-hop.

1:00-1:10pm: Hip Hop Empowerment in Boyle Heights

 Presenters: Amity Lodevico, University of California, Riverside 

This presentation is about the sense of empowerment Hip Hop brings to the Los Angeles community, Boyle Heights. It shows how Hip Hop artists help transform the negative stereotypes surrounding gang violence into one that celebrates Boyle Heights.

1:10-1:20pm: Imagining a World of Learning Through Music and Love

 Presenters: Hector Morales, University of California, Riverside

 Sindy De La Rosa, University of California, Riverside

This presentation is centered around highlighting the development of critical consciousness in schools by using Hip Hop and Love as a gateway towards academic motivation and achievement for marginalized students. By using culturally relevant hip hop pedagogy and humanizing relationships through the pedagogy of love in the classroom, we hope to reimagine learning. 

1:20-1:40pm: Genesis Live Set

 Presenters: senadanielcano

senadanielcano is a Rap Duo from the Los Angeles & Bay Area. Fun fact: they’re cousins, both Virgos & Latinx vegans. They have garnered over half of a million streams since they released their first EP: Visions. Changes is their most streamed track & featured on over 2k playlists. 

1:40pm-2:00pm: TBD

2:00-3:00 pm: Voices of Dissent: Hip Hop, Punk Rock, and Comedy

 Presenters: Andrew Kemp, University of Nebraska, Kearney

     Tasha Iglesias, University of California, Riverside

     Johnny Lupinacci, Washington State University, Pullman

     Flora Lucini, The 1865; Honeychild, The 1865; Guitar Gabby; The Txlips Band

The purpose of this panel discussion is to have an engaging conversation about the intersections of hip hop, punk rock, and comedy and how these transcend style through message.

3:00-4:00 pm: Rap-up and Reminders

February 5th, 2021

10:00-11:00 am: Machine Music - The Links Between Grime and Soviet Futurist Music

 Presenter: Edgar Ndazi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Examining the link between the British grime music of the mid 2000's, and Soviet Music of the 1920's. This talk will focus on Dizzee Rascal's "I Luv U", and Mosolov's "Iron Foundry". 

11:00-12:00 pm: KEEP IT REAL, TEACH IT WELL! Identifying contextual elements for a French hip-hop pedagogy framework

 Presenter: Valentin Chenier, University of Oulu

Presentation of master's thesis research process and findings. The target of the study is to contextualize and make sense of teachers' use of French rap as pedagogical tools in several Paris suburban middle schools.

12:00-12:15 pm: Leadership and moving in your Soul Purpose

 Soulflower “Empress of Hip-Hop,” Hip-Hop Artist and Activist/High Counsel

I have been a hip hop artist and activist for 30 years and a counselor/healer for over 25 years, predominantly working with young people and adults to help them find their power and purpose.

12:15-12:30 pm: Developing Language Skills through Hip-Hop

 Presenter: Gabriela Constantin-Dureci, PhD Student, Rutgers University

Teachers can validate students’ language practices and, consequently, empower them, by incorporating some of the language practices found in hip-hop in their lessons.

12:30-1:00 pm: The Healing Power of Hip-Hop Rap Therapy

 Presenters: Houda Mertaban, University of California Riverside

 Rosario Olmos, University of California Riverside

This paper demonstrates the therapeutic benefits of hip-hop through techniques such as cyphering, drama therapy, and spoken word therapy.  Utilizing hip-hop and rap music as tools for therapy combats this negative stigma and allows at-risk youths the opportunity to: connect with others, foster their creativity, reflect on their emotions and actions, develop a sense of self-identification, and improve their problem-solving skills.

1:00-3:00 pm: Film Screening “Universal State of Mind”

 Presenter: Angélique Germain, Hip Open Productions

90 minutes with Hip Hop artists and activists in different areas of the world: Serbia, Brasil, Senegal, France! All linked by one state of mind.

3:00-4:00 pm: Rap-up and Reminders

February 6th, 2021

10:00-11:00 am:  All of the Above Hip Hop Academy

 Ozay Moore, Recording artist, Executive Director, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy

This presentation will feature the work, mission and philosophy of All of the Above Hip Hop Academy. The talk will emphasize the importance of intersections where youth, community and artist development connect in the context of localized Hip Hop culture.

11:00-12:00 pm: Trinity International Hip Hop Festival: Student Organizing and the Praxis and Impact of Cultural Appreciation

 Presenter: Seth Markle, Associate Professor of History and International Studies; Director of   International Studies and Faculty Advisor, Trinity Chapter of Temple of Hip Hop

This multimodal presentation explores how the organizing process associated with the annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival shapes undergraduate student organizers' perceptions of self and liberal arts education at a predominately white institution of higher learning.  

12:00-1:00 pm: Film Screening “Worth the Weight/Wait”

 Presenters: Johnny Castro, Co-Founder, Worth the Weight/Wait

 Edson “House” Magaña, Co-Founder, Worth the Weight, Co-Founder of Furious Styles Crew (est.   1993), Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University 

WTW documents the process and journey of community, culture and an event with intention of growth, communication and Arizona's rising youth. Offering a model of inclusion, mentorship and cultural awareness, while allowing self discovery through music and dance.

1:00-2:30 pm: Millennial Rap: The Rise and Response of Hip-hop Culture in the Age of Spiritual Enlightenment

 Presenter: Dr. Walter Hidalgo - Coach, Educator and Host of the Know Thy Shelf Podcast

In this workshop, participants will familiarize themselves with the See--Judge--Act methodology of spirituality to develop their own Mission Statements for Hip-hop culture.

2:30-3:00 pm: Q&A with Bboy House and Illlphonix

 Presenters: Edson “House” Magaña, Co-Founder, Worth the Weight, Co-Founder of Furious Styles   Crew (est. 1993), Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

 Johnny Castro, Co-Founder, Worth the Weight/Wait

WTW documents the process and journey of community, culture and an event with intention of growth, communication and Arizona's rising youth. Offering a model of inclusion, mentorship and cultural awareness, while allowing self discovery through music and dance. 

3:00-4:00 pm: Rap-up and Reminders

February 7th, 2021

12:00 pm-2:00pm: The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Education: How Archives, Storytelling, and Interactive Learning Engage and Connect Us To Our Roots

 Presenters: Moderator: Martha Diaz, Founder, Hip Hop Education Center and Chair, UHHM   Education Committee 

         Paradise Gray, Chief Curator, UHHM

         Pete Nice, Co-Curator, UHHM

         SenYon Kelly, Co-Curator, UHHM

         Rich Nice, Associate Director, Hip Hop Education Center and Member, UHHM Education       Committee

         Kashema Hutchinson, Assistant Director,  Hip Hop Education Center and Member, UHHM   Education Committee 

The Hip Hop Education Center and Universal Hip Hop Museum present a panel discussion and virtual exhibition tour with the curators and educators behind The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop 1980-1985: The Culture Conquers the World exhibit. 

The Revolution of Hip Hop 1980-85 exhibition documents some of the most pivotal years in Hip Hop history when the music, dance, and art moved from local night clubs in New York City to stadiums and international venues. This 5-year span saw the emergence of the independent Rap music record labels; the birth of the Hip Hop radio mix shows; Video Music Box and Graffiti Rock on TV; and Hip Hop on the silver screen with the releases of Wild Style and Beat Street. 

The exhibition includes some of the rarest and most important Hip Hop artifacts including the archive of the legendary Bronx club Disco Fever; the earliest filmed Hip Hop performance at Harlem's Celebrity Club in 1980; the original 16mm reels of Wild Style from 1982; the master reel of the Graffiti Rock TV show; the first Def Jam T-shirt and Rick Rubin's personal test pressings of the labels first releases. 

Through rare photographs, party flyers, posters, contracts, clothing, and original artworks created by the likes of Phase2, Kase2, Futura 2000, and Keith Haring, the Revolution of Hip Hop tells the story of how the culture transformed the world in just a short five-year span.

2:00-3:00 pm:  The Museum of Dead Words

 Presenter: Dyalekt, Director of Pedagogy, Pockets Change

I spent a year researching internet comments to find words that turn conversations into fights. I wrote rap songs about how these words died, preserved them in font, and now will take you on a guided tour of my Museum of Dead Words.

3:00-4:00 pm: Rap-up and Reminders

February 8th, 2021

This is an open-session/open-discussion for all participants who work for a nonprofit, or are interested in any of the content discussed in this session. Please bring your ideas, resources and questions and let’s build!

10:00-1:00 pm: Non-Profit Think Tank

10:00-10:15 am: Introductions

10:15-10:20 am: Overview of Schedule/Objectives

10:20-10:45 pm: Grant Writing Tips for Hip Hop Nonprofits

10:45-11:00 pm: Funding/Grants available for Hip Hop Nonprofits

11:00-11:30 pm: Discussion: How can we collaborate and build in 2021?

11:30-12:30 pm: Hip Hop Nonprofit Roundtable: 2021 Initiatives

12:30-1:00 pm: Agenda and next-steps for our next Hip Hop Nonprofit Think Tank session

February 9th, 2021

10:00-11:00 am: HHAAE’s Zulu Rema Initiative

 Presenters: Matthew “Monk Matthaeus” Duncan, Co-Founder, Vice President, and Director of   Elements of Change, HHAAE

 Ameur Guesmi AKA Zulu Rema, Artist and Dancer from Tunisia, Africa

The Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education’s mission is to support those who use Hip Hop to empower their communities. Part of this mission includes amplifying how Hip Hop culture empowers people with perceived physical challenges.


We are asking for your support to provide Bboy Zulu Rema with much needed new below-the-knee prosthetic limbs.  Ameur (Bboy Zulu Rema) lives in Tunisia, Africa, and has limited options for receiving new high-quality lower extremity prosthetic limbs.  We are also asking for your support to provide a Hip Hop camp to children with perceived physical limitations, co-led by a Bboy named Zulu Rema. 


11:00-12:00 pm: Alchemy in Education

 Presenter: David Spellmon, Behavior Modification Technician for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District

In this presentation, participants will explore the similarities that sampling (in music) and education share. Participants will learn about how a classic Hip-Hop track, created by the producer The Alchemist, relates to current research, and how the presenter used the technique employed by The Alchemist to write their current book.

12:00- 2:00 pm: Racial Justice and Hip Hop: Open Forum

2:00-3:00 pm: Plenary Session: Empowering our Communities through Hip Hop in 2021, and Beyond

 Presenters: Tasha Iglesias, Ed.D, Chair, Global Conference on Hip Hop Education and President,

 Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education