We cultivate problem solvers, education innovators, and social entrepreneurs to develop the next generation of leaders and hip-hop education ideas. Through our Fellows and Scholars Program, we have supported over 100 projects and initiatives.  Our visiting scholar program supports international research, scholarship, and community programming projects. Visiting scholars have joined us from Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Ukraine, and France to name a few.

The HHEC has been leading the charge to make the Hip-Hop archiving and preservation field more transparent and accountable to the community through educational opportunities, dialogue, and collaboration.

H2E2 aims to establish a network of qualified Hip Hop and urban cultural educators to provide resources, mentorship, and support for teaching artists and industry professionals.

Overarching Program Goals: 

  • Establish a pipeline for aspiring teaching artists, advisory partners and hip hop professionals interested in becoming credentialed educators in CTE programs in the AME sector.  
  • Establish Hip Hop education AME programs that engage learners and equip them for post-secondary options and careers in creative industries.
  • Develop teaching artists as industry partners, advisors & co-teachers for CTE programs.
  • Develop and formalize student leadership opportunities through

Announcing the first state-sponsored Hip-Hop Education grant program!

Grant Requirements for Participating Schools:

  • Establish partnerships with industry to provide Hip Hop master classes, residencies, and other work-based learning opportunities for AME students.
  • Create and share Hip Hop education curriculum and professional learning opportunities for AME programs.
  • Integrate formal student leadership opportunities with Hip Hop Congress Youth Chapters.
  • Participate in AME community of practice meetings and provide resources and technical assistance around Hip Hop Education.

Participating Schools

2021 Summer Institute

2021 Fall Symposium

The H2E2 core planning team

  • Martha Diaz, Executive Director of the Hip Hop Education Center and Hip Hop CU
  • Rahman J. McCreadie, Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress, Inc (HHC), and founder of Rap Force Academy
  • Sebastien Elkouby, AME Hip Hop Educator at View Park Preparatory High School and author of Global Awareness Through Hip Hop Culture curriculum


  • Allison Frenzel, California Dept. of Education
  • Arabian Prince, Founding Member of NWA
  • Asia One, Founder of No Easy Props
  • Dr. Delores Thomson, CTE Coordinator and broadcast teacher, Oakland School of the Arts
  • Dr. Elliott Gann, Today’s Future Sound
  • Ed Campos, Media Literacy: Stories with Style
  • Mikle McBride, Director of Career Technical Education, Compton Unified School District
  • Dr. Tina Wright, Urban Teachers Network

Founding H2E2 Community Partners