The work that we do spreads across seven core areas:
- RESEARCH. The HHEC has been at the forefront of generating academic research and evaluation reports to support initiatives around the use of hip-hop as an effective pedagogical tool. The HHEC has published field reports, presented successful hip-hop-based education models at a variety of teaching and learning conferences, and convened season practitioners to determine best practices, develop standards, and figure out the needs of the field.
- TRAINING. Through our professional development services we access resources and provide tools for educators and teaching artists to implement hip-hop education in their classrooms and communities.
- TECHNOLOGY. The HHEC is spearheading social change through the development of the first online — Communiversity — whereby the community and university come together to develop an centralized hub and international alliance. Utilizing hip-hop culture as a social engineering tool, HHEC Communiversity is a one of kind platform where educators, teaching artists, scholars, social workers, and students can share research and resources; publish and distribute educational material; and, archive and preserve hip-hop and their own history.
- COMMUNITY BUILDING. We produce and curate international hip-hop conferences, film screenings, workshops, think tanks, and hackathons to unite and inform the community. We have worked with dozens of arts institutions, entertainment companies, universities, NGOs, government agencies, and festivals, to build capacity and support on-the-ground work.
- SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. We are social entrepreneurs and creative change agents. Since the launch of the HHEC, we have been cultivating like-minded problem solvers, education innovators and social entrepreneurs to develop the next generation of leaders and hip-hop education ideas. Through our Fellows Program and micro-grants we have supported over a dozen projects and initiatives.
- POLICY. In order for the hip-hop education field to grow and be sustainable, hip-hop must be official acknowledge by the United States government and established as national cultural treasure worthy of study and practice in K-16 public schools. The HHEC has been working closely with politicians, grassroots organization and collectives, parents, educators, and students internationally to integrate hip-hop culture as an interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and responsive teaching subject and tool.
- ARCHIVING. To ensure our work is preserved and disseminated to future generations, the HHEC has an archiving initiative that serves as a community repository to store and promote archives and collections of hip-hop artists, organizations, schools, and independent collectors for the use of hip-hop-based education.
Formed in 2010, the Hip-Hop Education Center is a social enterprise community building model.
The Hip-Hop Education Center’s mission is to be a catalyst for social equity and change through educational and career opportunities by propagating the hip-hop education field and the development of a centralized social network and archival management system.