The Hesabu Circle started in Summer 2020 as the intentional response of Black Mathematics Faculty to the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and Systemic Racism

The Circle is about creating connections for mutual support. We seek to break down artificial barriers caused by geography, institution or academic level, and build networks of support that encourage and empower individuals of African descent to envision and achieve excellence in mathematics. Rebuilding our self-confidence, and identity as doers of mathematics, and instilling pride in our potential.  For each individual, and for the community.


  • Monthly Culturally Relevant virtual Mathematical Explorations with attendees from four continents. Our first event was during Kwanzaa, December 2020.

  • Recipients of a Tensor SUMMA grant from the Mathematical Association of America in spring 2021, renewed spring 2022.

  • The creation of the Math-Is-Me program in summer 2021, a virtual space where 4th-12th graders and college students had one on one interaction with nationally recognized mathematicians and math educators, and discovered rich expressions of mathematics in Pan-African culture. This included weekly STEM mentoring sessions for Black girls.

  • Inaugural Math-Is-Me Celebration event on September 25, 2021 at 1PM PST to honor our scholars.

  • Run it back: Math-Is-Me goes in-person for summer 2022 in collaboration with the Long Beach Math Collaborative and BOSS programs.

  • Fall 2022 will feature virtual and in person interactive math explorations. Keep it locked đź”’

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Innovative culturally relevant curriculum for Black scholars

Cascading Mentoring Program

Our peer mentors and volunteers made the program shine. University faculty and staff mentor college students, who mentor 4th-12th graders.

`21 Keynote address by Dr. John Urschel!

John Urschel, PhD is a mathematician and retired professional American football guard and center. He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Urschel played his entire NFL career with Baltimore before announcing his retirement on July 27, 2017, at 26 years old.

Urschel has bachelor's and master's degrees (both from Penn State) and a doctorate (from MIT), all in mathematics. He currently works at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

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Scholars and administrators reppin’ Black Excellence!

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The Hesabu Circle is a space for Mathematical connection for the entire Black community, from pre-K to post-Doc.

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