Rainbow PUSH Coalition Events

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 08:00 AM through June 29, 2021
Free - Online Event

PUSH Excel Scholarships

The PUSH Excel Scholarship Program was created to assist young people who are qualified but lack the financial resources to attend college. The goal of the program is to develop servant leadership potential in the scholarship students and encourage a spirit of social justice and social change.

PUSH Excel Scholarship Program dates:

Aramark Trades deadline April 30, 2021

Toyota / Jesse Jackson Fellows deadline May 31, 2021

Ora Lee & Cirilo McSween deadline June 30, 2021


PUSH Excel makes a number of awards each year through four named scholarships: Jesse Jackson Fellows - Toyota, Ora Lee Sanders, Cirilo McSween, and Aramark Trades. Scholarship recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants who apply for a particular scholarship and meet the minimum criteria provided in the guidelines. There are no geographical limitations–applicants are selected from across the nation, except for Aramark Trades.

Applicants should apply for the scholarship that best fits their particular situation. You may apply for only one scholarship in a particular year and, if awarded a renewable scholarship, may not apply for a different scholarship in subsequent years. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of educators and corporate executives. Click here to learn more.


Sunday, May 02, 2021 at 06:00 PM through June 15, 2021

Rainbow PUSH is Celebrating Class of 2021

Rainbow PUSH would like to celebrate the graduating class of 2021!

-Send us your graduation photo
-your name & name of your school

Deadline June 15,2021
Twitter: @RevJJackson
IG: @RevJJackson
FB: RainbowPUSHCoalition

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 06:00 PM through May 14, 2021
Free - Online Event

PUSH Tech Diversity & Inclusion Summit

2021 PUSHTECH DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SUMMIT “The Power & Priority of Equity & Opportunity in the NEW NORMAL”




Building on the 6 years of emphasis in the world of technology, this year's Summit will broaden and expand its scope of impact to include numerous Diversity and Inclusion leaders and influencers in various high-profile roles from various companies across the spectrum of corporate America, business industries and Community platforms. The event will also feature and acknowledge a wide array of companies who over the past year have made significant inroads and expansion in the areas of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programming and Opportunities in the wake of the Global Social Justice Awakening of 2020. We will also highlight the amazing vision of our leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson whose trailblazing foresight gave birth to PUSHTECH, FAITHTECH and SPORTSTECH, all of which prepared us to thrive and survive in the unexpected shift to what is our NEW & NOW NORMAL Virtual World.


Wednesday May 12, 2021 (4:00pm PST/ 6:00pm CT/7:00pm EST)

OPENING NIGHT: Celebrating Diversity, Technology & Legacy!


~Laura Murphy, Civil Rights Leader, Diversity Policy Strategist-Advisor to numerous companies and corporate leadership to help integrate Diversity and Inclusion into the tech ecosystem, President Laura Murphy & Associates

~ Chris Genteel, Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Google- 1st Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability at Google. Facilitated numerous initiatives with Rainbow PUSH. Embraced & embodied Rev. Jackson’s vision and led the launch of the Google Jesse Jackson Fellows Program & Google Connected Churches

~Anita Gardyne, Founder & C.E.O. ONEVA -Participant in 1st PUSHTECH pitch competition; launched a successful, multimillion-dollar tech-based in-home care and service provider

~AfroKids Tech Founders, Leo & Lynn Sullivan- 50+ Years of Videography & Technology, Creators of Video Animation for “Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids” & “Soul Train”





FIRESIDE CHAT with Rev. Jackson & Congresswoman Lee, Angela Rye & Rev. Dr. Joseph Bryant

SPECIAL “Black Lives Matter” Song & Social Justice/Inclusion Impact of 2020- Martin Luther Mccoy


Thursday May 13, 2021 (9:00am PST/ 11:00am CT/12:00pm EST)

Panel: “TECH in the New Normal” Leadership & Shifts in The Industry in the era of COVID-19


• Van Jones (Moderator): CNN Host, President of Magic Labs Media & Founder of Dream Corps

• Brian Tippens: Chief Sustainability Officer - Hewlett Packard Enterprise

• Janaye Ingram: Director, 21st Century Communities Initiatives – AirBnb

• Antonio Williams: Executive Director, External Affairs – Comcast

• Michelle Ferguson: National Community Initiates Director – Dream Corps Tech


Panel Title: Supplier Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in Tech:

Where Are We & What’s Next?


• Candice Morgan (Moderator) – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Partner, Google Ventures

• Chris Genteel, Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Google

• Cynthia Overton – Director of Diversity Initiatives, The Kapor Center

• Jinus Moghbeli Pashai – Director, Risk Management for Supplier Diversity, AMGEN

• Deldelp Medina: Executive Director, Black & Brown Founders


Panel: “Leaning In”: Influential Women in Tech & Leadership


• Deldelp Medina (Moderator): Executive Director, Black & Brown Founders

• Sarah Kunst: Founder & Principal, Cleo Capital

• Marie Brunson: Founder & President, Wonder Women Tech

• Cynthia Dibortolo: Founder & C.E.O. - Tigress Financial


Virtual Break- Comedian – J. Red


Diversity In Sports Segment

Women in Sports

• 1 on 1 w/ESPN’s Monica McNutt & Rev. Dr. Joseph Bryant



Panel: “Changing the Game for Good”


* Chris Broussard (Moderator): Sports Analyst & Broadcaster, Fox Sports

* Dr. Richard Lapchick: Director, Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport, UCF

* Collette V. Smith: 1st African American Female NFL Coach

* Marc J. Speakers: Senior NBA writer for ESPN’s, The Undefeated

* Valeria Williams, Esq: Attorney. Policy Compliance & Rules Administration, NFL

Tribute to the WNBA – 25TH Anniversary Season & History of Social Impact


FRIDAY, May 14, 9:00am (PT)/11:00am (CT)/ 12:00pm (EST)

Preparing for the Future: Education & Entrepreneurs


1-on-1 SESSION with Councilmember Ben Bartlett, Berkeley, CA Attorney, CA Blockchain Working Group; Technology VC Advisor

KINGMAKERS – Tribute to Jean Wing, her impact on Education, Youth Services, Tech Programs, and a feature on the Oakland based African American Male Mentorship program she served as advisor for – KINGMAKERS

• STEM in the City: Summer Program for at-risk youth in partnership with Google, Intel and Stanford University

• Pitch Competition – in partnership with Esports Learning Lab

* Followed by Live Q/A & ADVICE from the ADVISORS

HBCU’s HEROES – Interview with Founders former NBA Player George Lynch & Marketing Executive Tracey Pennywell, offering Internships, Job Training and E-gaming for a Cause with



Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 06:00 PM
Free - Online Event

Shaping America's Education Agenda

Shaping America's Education Agenda:
Pushing Boundaries

May 17, 2021, marks the 67th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, when the Supreme Court decided that school segregation was unconstitutional. This begs the question: Sixty-seven years later, are our schools really desegregated? The short answer is no. In fact, a 2019 study by the University of California, Los Angeles’ The Civil Rights Project and Penn State University’s Center for Education and Civil Rights highlights that intense levels of racial and economic segregation have been on the rise again since the 1990s.

Our virtual panel discussion will explore many of the factors that continue to propagate inequalities and segregation in our country’s schools, including but not limited to race, economic status, resources, teacher quality, and redistricting. How do we move beyond the discussion point to once again push boundaries to drive actionable change?

Virtual Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST
register-now-button » Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

Meet the Moderator, Speakers and Panelists

Moderator: Dr. Sonya Whitaker

Dr. Sonya Whitaker, the National Director for Educational Policy for PUSH Excel, will be the moderator of our upcoming virtual town hall discussion. Dr. Whitaker is a national speaker and highly regarded educator who started as a classroom teacher and has since served as Superintendent of Schools in two different school districts in Illinois. She also has served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools and as a central office administrator for the largest elementary school district in the state.

Dr. Whitaker is the founder of Whitaker Educational Consulting, Inc., the author of Is There Anybody That Can Teach Me How to Read?, and the host of the national radio show and podcast: What’s Really Going On??, a spotlight on solutions for improving student achievement in America’s schools.

Speaker: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Rev. Jackson is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures and the Founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which focuses on civil rights work through economic parity, equal educational opportunities, and international social justice and peace.

Over the past 40 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Clinton. A hallmark of Rev. Jackson’s work has been his commitment to youth. He has visited thousands of high schools, colleges, universities and correctional facilities encouraging excellence and inspiring hope in  young people.


Speaker: Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Malveaux is the President of PUSH Excel. She has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. Dr. Malveaux’s popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Dr. Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980. During her time as the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically black college for women. She is the President and owner of Economic Education, a 501 c-3 non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Speaker: Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis is an award-winning author, scholar, professional learning trainer, independent consultant, and equity activist. Her areas of expertise are culturally responsive teaching; equity and access in Gifted Education programs; and, meeting the needs of diverse gifted learners with multiple exceptionalities. Dr. Davis is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Education/Gifted Education.

She holds two degrees in Gifted Education from the College of William & Mary and was the Associate Professor & Chair of the Dept. of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University, as well as Assistant Professor of the School of Education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where she taught undergraduate & graduate coursework in Teacher Education and Gifted Education.

She also served five years on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Speaker: Dr. Donna Simpson Leak

Dr. Donna Leak is the Superintendent of Community Consolidated Schools District 168 in Sauk Village, IL, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education. As Vice Chair of the State Board, she has been instrumental in updates to the mission, vision, goals, equity statement and updated strategic plan for the state of Illinois. Under her tenure in District 168, the district has made major facility updates, including playgrounds, new flooring, a renovated track at the Junior High School, new water filtration system at all buildings, and Media Center renovations in a two-year window of time. Her efforts have also increased the integration of technology at all levels within the district, including chrome books and hot spots for all students. The district has seen considerable improvements in academics, technology and social emotional needs for children. In December 2014, she was named the Sauk Village Person of the year for her work in the school district, and in 2021, she was named the Illinois Superintendent of the Year for her efforts. Previously, she served as the Superintendent of Rich Township High School District 227. Under her leadership, the District received numerous awards and recognition, including Best High Schools in America Bronze Winners Rich East in 2009, 2010, 2012 and Rich Central in 2012.

Who Should Attend?


About Shaping America's Education Agenda Series

We need an education agenda that makes equity a priority for schools and organizations serving our country’s most vulnerable children and their families. The ultimate goal of this series of events is to bring policy makers and members of the education community together to discuss shaping our educational agenda and pushing it to the front of public policy at local, state, and federal levels.

Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 06:00 PM through July 22, 2021
55th Annual International Virtual Conference

beyond freedom to equality