Our partnerships provide a great foundation for cultivating and developing Hip-Hop scholars, teaching artists, cultural workers and activists, and social entrepreneurs to professionalize the field of Hip-Hop Education. We continue to pursue meaningful partnerships around the world to advance our efforts.

Africana Institute - Essex County College - Newark
The Africana Institute is ECC’s center for the exploration and critical examination of the African global experience. The Institute provides research opportunities and resources for students and the community.  World renowned African and African diaspora scholars, performers, activists and others will visit ECC for lectures, workshops, exhibits, and performances.

Bronx Berlin Connection Exchange Program
HHEC is a community partner  for the Bronx Berlin Connection Exchange Program, which engages youth from Bronx, NY & Berlin, Germany in a cultural exchange that uses hip hop to explore and express the unique experiences of urban youth around the world, the critical challenges they face and the solutions necessary to enact change in their communities.

Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education - Teachers College - Columbia University
The Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education (CHEUSE) champions the use of innovative, multimedia strategies to research and build evidence-based approaches for health disparities, their connections to school success and implications for policy.

Cornell University Hip Hop Collection
The mission of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection (CHHC) is to collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for future generations. The Collection features: hundreds of party and event flyers ca. 1977-1985; thousands of early vinyl recordings, cassettes and CDs; film and video; record label press packets and publicity; black books, photographs, magazines, books, clothing, and more.

Gender Amplified
The mission of the Gender Amplified movement is to provide a platform for the promotion and advancement of women in music production and to identify and motivate the next generation of women music producers. By organizing public events that foster healthy dialogue about the role gender plays in the music making process, Gender Amplified gives voice to a subculture of women who are using music technology to create their own music and perpetuate their unique identities.

Institute For Urban And Minority Education - Teachers College - Columbia University
The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) was created in 1973 to serve the interests of those students who are often hidden, disregarded, or underestimated. IUME’s mission is to use research and practice to illustrate the most promising practices in schools and out-of-school settings where youth are learning powerfully and feeling good about themselves while doing so.

Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University (FOUNDING PARTNER)
The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (Metro Center) is a comprehensive, university-based center that focuses on educational research, policy, and practice. We are a partner and resource at the local and national levels in strengthening and improving access, opportunity, and the quality of education in our schools. Our mission is to target issues related to educational equity by providing leadership and support to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policy makers.

Nomadic Wax
Nomadic Wax uses music, media and the arts to promote social change and cultural exchange, creates educational opportunities for people to learn about issues of global importance though media and entertainment and is a platform for socially engaged musicians, media producers and artists worldwide to spread their message and reach a global audience.

Office Multicultural Arts Initiative  - University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. By harnessing the broad cultural influence of spoken word, hip hop and emerging, as well as traditional art forms, OMAI initiatives create learning environments that improve retention and graduation success and prepares future leaders to reinvest in their communities.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - NYPL
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life—in America and worldwide.

Tribeca Film Institute Youth Screening Series 
Utilizing the power of film to harness and direct the energy, vision and promise of New York City students. The Youth Screening Series is a monthly series of educational screenings that exposes New York City students to independent films.

Urban Word NYC
Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities. Urban Word NYC is the central hub for youth voice, identity and critical literacy in New York City and is the national leader in youth literary arts and youth development programs.

U.S. Department Of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Program’s Visitors Program
The HHEC is a community partner of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Visitors program, managed by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, it offers professional development opportunities to 56 emerging international artists. Participants in this program worked with renowned hip-hop dancers, exploring the history of hip-hop culture and dance in the United States.