2018 Hip Hop Education Initiative Conference

logo for the 2018 HHEIC


Can't Stop Won't Stop: Hip Hop in the Classroom

April 28, 2018

Harvard Graduate School of Education



The second annual Hip Hop Education Initiative conference -- Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!: Hip Hop in the Classroom -- brought together Hip Hop educators and artists together in a day of collaboration and learning. The one-day event was an ode to Hip Hop, new and old, to celebrate the the art form.  The conference featured 2017-2018 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellows, the local and extended network of Hip Hop arts and education experts, and the voice and experience of the youth through a featured panel, performances, and breakout interactive cyphers. Participants got to explore music, dancing, graffiti, cyphers, and knowledge-building all grounded in the four principles of Hip Hop -- peace, love, unity, and having fun.

Guest Presenters:

  • Martha Diaz - 2017-18 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow; Founder & Director of the Hip-Hop Education Center
  • Tef Poe - 2017-18 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow; artist & activist
  • Corey Depina -- Youth Development & Performaance Manager at Zumix; emcee and poet
  • Dr. Edmund Adjapong -- Director of the Science Genius Program
  • Dr. Ian Levy -- Hip Hop-based counseling
  • James Morrow - Founder & Artistic Director of james morrow/THE MOVEMENT; dancer and educator
  • Radoee Rekloos -- Boston-based artist & muralist
  • Sage Salvo -- Founder & CEO of Words Liive; poet and educator
  • Toni Morgan -- Founder of The Beat Academy; educator & Hip Hop feminist


2018 HHEIC Organizers:

HGSE Alum Advisor/Principal Coordinator:

Aysha Upchurch, Ed.M. ‘15, HGSE Artist-in-Residence 

HGSE Student Committee

  • Danika Manso-Brown, EPM
  • Sheliza Jamal, AIE
  • Bre’Lynn Lombard, AIE
  • Shanta Harrington, SSP
  • Vanessa Chung, AIE


  • HGSE Arts in Educatoin Program
  • HGSE Office of Student Affairs
  • Hiphop Archive and Research Institute


Graphic design by HGSE Arts in Education Ed.M 2018 student Vanessa Chung.