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Augusta Baker Presents: A Community Conversation on Culturally Responsive Leadership with Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D., discussed her new book "The Hip-Hop Mindset: Success Strategies for Educators and Other Professionals" with August Baker Chair Nicole Cooke at All Good Books on Jan. 31.

“I’m exploring hip-hop ways of being, of knowing, of thinking, of behaving, of believing — and situating it as leadership practices and success mindsets that are derived from mining our cultures,” says Jenkins. “Cultures that aren’t usually explored for professional development and leadership education.”

“The Hip-Hop Mindset,” received the 2023 Phillip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association of Multicultural Educators. 

Doctoral student and Augusta Baker Scholar Cearra Harris is the coordinator for the conversation series.

Toby Jenkins and Jonathan Gilmore

Audience Perspective

Jonathan Josiah Gilmore, a senior at Lower Richland High School, was excited to hear Jenkins in person.

“My mentor got me the book for my birthday. It’s dealing a lot with leadership and being confident. And I’m really big on that!” Gilmore said. “When I got the book, he told me I’d have a chance to meet the author, and I said, ‘I don’t want to miss that!’”

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More About Toby S. Jenkins

Toby S. Jenkins, Ph.D., is a Professor of Higher Education Administration and Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the University of South Carolina. Jenkins is a national expert on inclusive leadership and cultural transformation in higher education. Her book, “My Culture, My Color, My Self,” was named one of the Top 100 Books for Understanding Race in America by the American Association of Academic Publishers. 

About Augusta Braxton Baker

Augusta Braxton Baker was a renowned children’s librarian and storyteller who served as USC’s storyteller-in-residence from 1980 to 1994. The first African American Director of Children’s Services in the New York Public Library system, Baker was instrumental in diversifying and modifying children’s literature to better serve its readers. 

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