U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH, PRESS OFFICE
400 MARYLAND AVE., S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20202
EVENT DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
Contact: Press Office
(202) 401-1576 or [email protected]
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African
Americans (Initiative), will continue their African American
Education Summit (Summit) series at Harris-Stowe University in St.
Louis, Missouri, at 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The Summit is a solutions-based forum designed to improve learning and
development opportunities for African-American students. It brings
together students, educators, administrators, and community organizers
from across the city of St. Louis to discuss the needs of
“Harris-Stowe embraces its role as the region’s think tank for issues
of equality and social justice,” said Dr. Dwaun Warmack , president,
Harris-Stowe State University. “We hope that the ideas discussed and
presented at this summit will be used to create more inclusive spaces
locally and nationwide.”
The three-part summit includes two panels, “Campus Climate: Feeling
Safe, Engaged, and Supported” moderated by the Initiative’s Executive
Director, David Johns , and “Cultivating Leaders, Supporting the
Development of African-American Students in St. Louis Post ‘Ferguson,'”
moderated by the Director of Teach For America St. Louis  (TFA-St.
Louis), Brittany Packnett .
Packnett added, “TFA-St. Louis recognizes that student voice is
essential in providing the best possible education for our students. We
appreciate that this summit provides students a platform to articulate
their needs, so that we as leaders can work toward providing them with
enriching, culturally responsive, and rigorous educational experiences.”
The day will conclude with an action-based session, “Call to Action:
Community Conversations, Reactions and Recommendations” designed to
identify specific ways that schools and the St. Louis community could
ensure that African-American students feel safe, engaged, and supported.
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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Hosting African American Education Summit
2 p.m. CT, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
3026 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri