Conference Overview
Conference Registration
Presenter Details & Submissions
Become a UBE Sponsor
Location, Accommodations & Conference Agenda


The UBE Conference will be held at Mesa Community College (MCC), in Mesa Arizona. MCC is the largest of 10 institutions in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), is a current member institution of WRCBAA through the local Maricopa Council on Black American Affairs (MCBAA).  MCBAA is excited to host the conference in this location as it serves as an opportunity to continue to build a relationship with the institution and its leadership.  The Mesa, AZ area is home to a variety of curated hotels, shops and accommodations and is easily accessed via major freeways and home to an international commuter airport
The inaugural Unapologetically Black and Educated Conference (UBE) sponsored by the Maricopa Council on Black American Affairs (MCBAA) will bring together senior-level administrators and academic leaders, faculty, classified staff, students, from colleges and universities across the nation.  The conference’s mission to boldly and courageously support  black student success and representation in higher education are pillars of paramount importance. To that end, the conference aims to explore the various facets and means by which this goal can be accomplished through the roles black educators have on campuses both within and outside the classroom. 
This groundbreaking conference brings together Black scholars, activists, professionals, and artists from across the country to explore the intersection of education, identity, and empowerment in the higher education and beyond. From thought-provoking keynote speeches to engaging workshops and panels, this three-day event promises to ignite your intellect, challenge boundaries, and foster deep connections.
The Western Region invites you to immerse yourself in a vibrant and inclusive environment where your voice matters. Learn from esteemed experts who will share their wisdom on topics ranging from Workforce Diversity and DEIA to Hiring Practices,  mental health, and managing technological advancements in higher education. Engage in dynamic conversations, network with like-minded individuals, and be part of a movement dedicated to uplifting our student populations and professional communities.
Join MCBAA and the Western Region and be part of a transformative journey that’s unapologetically Black, unapologetically educated, and unapologetically empowering. Register now to secure your spot at the conference that will shape connections, foster growth, and empower change. Together, let’s celebrate our heritage, amplifying our voices, and build a brighter future for all.


Registration Type Registration Price Registration Details

Non – Member  


  • Continental Breakfast (2 days)  
  • Lunch (2 day)  
  • Access to Plenary & Breakout Sessions  
  • All Conference Mixer and Reception  



  • Continental Breakfast (2 days)  
  • Lunch (2 day)  
  • Access to Plenary & Breakout Sessions  
  • Mock Interview and Mentoring Sessions   
  • All Conference Mixer and Reception  


  • Special Student Track
  • Continental Breakfast (2 days)  
  • Lunch (2 day)  
  • Access to Plenary & Breakout Sessions 
  • Student Networking Raffle 


Thank you for your interest in speaking at the Unapologetically Black and Educated Conference.
Presentation submissions are now open and must be received by September 9, 2024
Individuals selected as part of the slate of conference presenters will be notified  on or before 
September 16, 2024
Click Here for Submission Guide and Presenter Submission Proposal Form