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"Growing Leaders of Tomorrow: Mindsets, Diversity, and the Dream"

Omékongo Dibinga



5:30 PM

Bavaro Hall, Room 116

Presented by the Curry School of Education

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Curry School of Education launched its inaugural common reading experience, which became known as the Big Read.This year’s selection is Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. In her book, Dweck describes how mindsets influence our achievement and success. Simply put, those with fixed mindsets believe that their qualities and abilities are etched in stone. On the other hand, those with growth mindsets believe that skills and abilities can be advanced through effort. During the fall semester we primarily explored this content through the lens of the self. This semester, we will examine how macro-level, institutional, and historical factors may influence our views about the potential of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through his provocative poetry and positive rap, Mr. Dibinga will share stories about those who both hindered and fostered his development of a growth mindset. He will then describe motivational tools that can be used to cultivate growth mindsets among all members of a given institution or organization. Following this presentation, Mr. Dibinga and a diverse group of future leaders from the Albemarle/Charlottesville community will field questions from the audience. Come join us for what promises to be a useful and enlightening experience that is in keeping with Dr. King’s dream!


Omékongo Dibinga is a Les Brown Platinum Motivational Speaker, CNN contributor, diversity educator, trilingual poet, and positive rapper. He is also the Founder and CEO of Free Your Mind Publishing. His work on diversity, motivation, achievement, and empowerment has appeared on TV and radio in over 150 countries and has been globally adapted for curricula in K-12 schools and universities. Mr. Dibinga has shared the stage with Madeleine Albright, Sheryl Crow, Willie Jolley, and Wyclef Jean. His latest book and CD are entitled G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life. During the 2014 spring semester, he will be a visiting lecturer in the Curry School of Education and will teach EDLF 5000: Multicultural Education.


This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance here.