ASBA Black Caucus

The ASBA Black Caucus works to energize, strategize and organize for inclusive quality education.

Attend Our Upcoming Events

Dec. 14, 2016, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. – ASBA Black Caucus Meeting
Featuring guest speaker Khalid el-Hakim, historian and founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Members and non-members of the caucus are welcome to attend.
Location: Arizona Biltmore – Grand Canyon Room, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix AZ

Dec. 15, 2016, from 4-4:50 p.m. – ASBA-ASA Annual Conference Breakout Session: “The Power of Student Voices: Equity, Cultural Understanding, Access and Opportunity”
Hear from students, who will share their personal stories and experiences.
Location: ASBA-ASA Annual Conference, Arizona Biltmore – McArthur 2, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix AZ (must be registered for the conference to attend)


Closing the achievement gap by providing policies for student success that educate and inspire all students to be successful citizens of the world.


To create a network of committed school board members to identify and advocate for solutions that impact black students, in order to improve achievement.

Our Goals

  • To promote quality education for all students, with emphasis on the unique needs of Black students.
  • To promote positive and effective relationships among Black school board members, their fellow board members, their communities, political leaders and ASBA.
  • To promote state and national legislation to improve educational opportunities for Black and other minority students in public schools.
  • To promote positive representation of Black school board members within governance of the ASBA.


  • Regular Membership is open to any elected or appointed member of a public board of education in Arizona that is an active member of ASBA. The annual membership fee for an individual board members is $25. Full boards may join for $100/year.
  • Associate Memberships are open to district-level staff from ASBA member districts and former board members ($25/year).
  • Friends of the Caucus Memberships are open to other individuals interested in supporting the work of the caucus ($25/year).

This year the Black Caucus will be meeting on the following dates:

  • April 8 at 4:30 p.m. at The Equity Event (Hyatt Regency, Phoenix)
  • June 12 at 4:25 p.m. at ASBA Summer Leadership Institute (Little American Resort in Flagstaff)
  • Sept. 10  at the ASBA Law Conference (Camelback Inn, Phoenix)
  • Dec. 10  at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Biltmore Conference Center, Phoenix)

Join Now

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2016 Black Caucus Officers

President-Channel Powe (Balsz ESD)
Vice President- Devin del Palacio (Tolleson UHSD)
Treasurer-Rhonda Melvin (Maricopa USD)
Secretary-David Evans (Chandler ESD)
Region 1 Director-Derrence White (Balsz ESD)
Region 6 Director-James Bryce (Solomon ESD)

Black Caucus Bylaws

Download the bylaws

Download an ASBA Black Caucus overview and membership form

Read the Caucus Circular Newsletter

February 2015 Edition

Policy Recommendations

The ASBA Black Caucus has adopted and endorsed the policy recommendations set forth in the “2013 Arizona Minority Student Progress Report: Arizona in Transformation,” published by the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center and available to view online.

P-12 Education

GOAL: Develop the cultural competency of Arizona teachers so they are prepared to educate all of Arizona’s students.

Increase ESL endorsements
Increase language requirements for teachers in the form of a mandatory English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement to benefit teachers’ understanding of how English Language Learner (ELL) students learn and how to meet their needs. Continued emphasis must be placed on providing ELL services that ensure students’ proficiency in Academic English, as the current ELL level of English is inadequate for long-term academic and workforce success

Increase teacher diversity
Increase the number of students in the pipeline for teacher preparation programs who will be culturally competent to deliver quality education to all Arizona students.

Enhance teachers’ cultural competency
Provide quality, culturally competent professional development for Arizona teachers.

Postsecondary Education

GOAL: Decrease educational attainment disparities, especially for Arizona’s growth populations.

Reduce racial/ethnic disparities
Set concrete goals to close disparities between students of color and White students in the state as well as “adult” populations in both workforce and education success.

Restore and create financial aid programs
Restore state postsecondary scholarships and institute programs to accelerate graduation as incentives for participation in postsecondary education and to reduce loan debt on first-generation and low-income students, many of whom are students of color.

Expand initiatives that work
Extend existing tools up and down the age spectrum to enhance student and workforce success.

Secure funding to continue innovation
Identify and/or refocus a dedicated state-level funding stream to expand pilot projects proven successful at increasing the participation of lower socioeconomic students in programs such as dual enrollment, AP courses, and SAT and ACT at no cost to the students or their family.