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Boston, MA — BlackFacts.com, the internet’s longest running data-driven website on the historical and cultural contributions of people of color, is introducing gift membership offering at www.blackfacts.com/gift. In the months leading up to Black History Month, BlackFacts.com is inviting the community to help educate and inform Black youth and students by giving them a gift that keeps giving back throughout the year.
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Of the more than 330,000 U.S. students studying abroad, only 6.1 percent are African American and 10.1 percent are Latino. This is one in a series of articles by students of color who are breaking down barriers by studying abroad. They will periodically share their stories, hopefully inspiring others.
Sixteen young women awarded thousands in scholarship dollars
MILWAUKEE – November 14, 2018 – The Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation announces its 45th Annual Debutante Cotillion on Saturday, November, 24, 2018 at the Pfister Hotel. Sixteen young women hailing from Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and surrounding districts will be awarded scholarships by the foundation at its black tie event.
The Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation is celebrating a milestone year with a rich history rooted in service and community impact. More than 500 guests are expected to attend the gala featuring sixteen amazing young women who have engaged all summer in community projects, workshops and trainings, and fundraising opportunities to round out their debutante experience. The Debutantes have worked with organizations and/or initiatives including, but not limited to, Ronald McDonald House, Urban Autism Summit, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Great Impressions and United Negro College Fund.
“We are proud to have impacted a myriad of young Milwaukee women over the years. We’ve set them on a path of grace, poise and independence. One that promises self-confidence, social consciousness and solid footing to follow her dreams,” said the foundation’s president, Dara Atandare.
Debutantes receive a scholarship award based on their fundraising efforts and successful completion of the program. To date, more than 800 young women have participated and been awarded over $800,000 in scholarships.
The 2018 Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation’s Debutante Class includes:Azani Blue, Shorewood High School
D’Naya Collins, Rufus King International High School
Zahria Green, Sussex Hamilton High School
Navaeh Lucas, Milwaukee School of Languages
Taylor Mack, Carmen High School
Morgan Martin, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
Ken’Triana McDade, Rufus King International High SchoolCeria McGlothian, Ronald Reagan Preparatory High SchoolMarissa Morgan, Dominican High School
Chamira Patton, Dominican High School
Africa Pippin, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
Sydnee Roby Washington, Rufus King International High SchoolKayla Sherrod, Nicolet High School
Rayanna Stamps, Milwaukee Lutheran High School
Lola Vernon, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
India Wilkerson, Homestead High School
About Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation
The Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation was established in 1999 for charitable, educational and community services. Currently, the foundation has a target focus in the areas of: education, health, black families, economic empowerment, arts and leadership development. It serves as a vehicle for accepting, distributing and investing funds for scholarship awards to help students further their educational endeavors, community commitment, acts of charity and assistance to mankind in general. For more information, visit www.akaeko.org/foundation.
Hundreds of students expected to attend the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour
Milwaukee, WI(October 24, 2018) — Hundreds of Milwaukee high school graduating seniors will be given the opportunity to apply for thousands of dollars in scholarships on Thursday, November 1at the Wisconsin Center District during the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Empower Me Tour (EMT). EMTis a free, traveling college-and-career-readiness roadshow that provides a platform for high school students to earn on-site scholarships and admission to the nation’s top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
UNCF is the largest scholarship provider to students of color, awarding $100 million annually in scholarships to more than 10,000 students across the country. “I picked Philander Smith College because of my love for HBCUs,” says Milwaukee native Valencia Patton. “I wanted to be emerged in my culture and I appreciate UNCF helping me.” Patton, who admits to family financial struggles, has received multiple UNCF scholarships. Derell Garth, a graduate of Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, has also benefited from UNCF scholarships. “I received $3,000 my freshman year and was the first generation in my family to attend college,” adds the 2018 Clark Atlanta University graduate.
Through partnerships withMilwaukee Public School District, parents, national sponsors Wells Fargo, Target, P&G and FedEx, and host of strong local sponsors, EMT offers access to information and recruiters from HBCUs, college prep workshops, dynamic presenters, and award-winning educational experts. Students will have an opportunity to apply for college admission, financial aid and scholarships including the EMT Merit Scholarship, presented in partnership with Target on the spot.
The EMT is Thursday, November 1at 9:30a.m. at Wisconsin Center District, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI. The FREE, parent workshop “How to pay for college?” is Thursday, November 1at 6 p.m. at Golda Meir Auditorium, 1615 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, WI. Other cities on the tour include Fort Worth, TX; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.
Washington, D.C.—At a recent briefing on Capitol Hill, the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles released five newly commissioned studies demonstrating the threats to college access for students of color imposed by current and proposed policies under the current administration.
The UCLA Civil Rights Project (CRP) is a nonpartisan research center and leading source of information on college opportunity. The newly released studies document what Project Co-Director Gary Orfield calls “a pattern of closing the college gates and breaking trust with Black, Latino and American Indian students at a time when students of color will soon be the majority of the college-age population in this country.”
As the largest source of student aid and the most important enforcer of civil rights laws, the Federal government has a major role in determining who is able to go to college and whether there will be opportunity for all. The CRP studies show that the Trump Administration and the current Congress have proposed a series of moves that outline a disturbing pattern of increasing college barriers for students of color and cumulative threats to the institutions dedicated to serving them. Following are summaries and key findings from the studies.
- Boston College Professor, Andres Castro Samayoa analyzes the President’s proposals for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which serve about 40% of all students of color. In both of his budgets President Trump proposed substantial cuts to every single program set up by law to aid these critical institutions, with the largest cut being to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), in spite of an Executive Order and a Presidential meeting that promised priority for those campuses. Every single program serving MSIs had a reduced budget in Trump’s request. His administration in its first year asked Congress, for example, to sharply cut federal funding by $95 million. The largest requested reduction to a single program was for the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges fund ($465,000).
- Research by Erin S. Corbett, EdD and Julie Ajinkya, PhD of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, shows that a successful effort to provide educational opportunities to incarcerated students, so they can later obtain a job and earn a living after their release, is also threatened. Federal data indicates that one-third of black men and one in six Latino males are likely to be incarcerated, the incarcerated rate for women has increased 700% in the past three decades, and there is a direct link between low education and the path to prison. In spite of this, Congress has proposed to cut off funds for the successful “Second Chance” experiment begun in 2016, which utilizes federal student aid grants to prisoners enrolled in educational courses.
- Professors Liliana M. Garces, of the University of Texas, Austin, and OiYan Poon, of Colorado State University, explore and dispel a central argument being pursued by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), that Harvard University’s long-standing multidimensional affirmative action plan, first upheld by the Supreme Court 40 years ago, is discriminatory against Asian Americans, who now make up 22% percent of the current freshman class. A central premise and justification for the case is that Asian Americans oppose affirmative action, however Garces and Poon’s research reports that a substantial majority of Asians in two statewide referenda support affirmative action and that a 62% of Asian American undergraduates enrolled at 4-year colleges disagree with efforts to abolish the policy.
- University of Wisconsin Professor, Nicholas Hillman finds that proposed risk-sharing proposals, which require colleges to pay back part of their students’ defaulted loans, would likely reinforce racial and economic inequality by disproportionately impacting students of color and institutions that serve them. Hillman’s analysis of College Scorecard data shows that the campuses with a higher rate of default have student bodies with average family incomes less than a fourth ($19,000) of those at the high repayment campuses ($87,000). This research concludes that such a requirement would put a very great burden on Historically Black Colleges and the Predominantly Black Institutions.
- In their study of for-profit universities, University of Virginia Professor, Brian Pusser and Graduate Student, Matt Ericson summarize an array of scholarly research and evidence demonstrating that for-profit 4-year colleges produce blatantly less effective outcomes for America’s students, families, communities and our higher education system than do nonprofit colleges. In spite of this strong evidence, the pending GOP-sponsored bill would roll back reforms, instituted over the past three decades, that have provided essential protections for students enrolled in for-profit universities. For-profits enrolled a disproportionate share of students of color, who took on large student loan debts. 46% of students enrolled in 4-year for-profits were Black or Hispanic. Almost half (47%) of for-profit students defaulted on their loans, creating a huge cost for the federal government and lifetime debts for the students. The rate of default for students in 4-year institutions was twice as high for students in for-profits compared to public nonprofits, and more than 2.5 times higher than private nonprofits.
“Although these studies show that the current proposals and changes will worsen the already very unequal access to college for students of color, the researchers recommend reforms that would respond to the goals of the various proposals without causing unintended harm to students of color or to the institutions that serve them,” Orfield concluded. “Today we have started an important dialogue that we must continue.”
About The Civil Rights Project:
The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) is co-directed by Gary Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Founded in 1996 at Harvard University, the CRP’s mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States. It has commissioned more than 400 studies, published more than 15 books and issued numerous reports from authors at universities and research centers across the country. The Supreme Court, in its 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision upholding affirmative action, and in Justice Breyer’s dissent (joined by three other Justices) to its 2007 Parents Involved in Community Schoolsdecision, cited the Civil Rights Project’s research.
Education is the cornerstone of my life. I am a proud Graduate of Vincent High School and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. My Undergraduate work was in Educational Policy and Community Studies and Master’s Work in Cultural Foundations of Education. Having spent all of my adolescence and teenage years in the district, creating opportunities for children and families like I had will be my priority.
I am running for MPS Board of Directors because it is imperative that the assets of schools, families, and communities are mobilized to create a progressive, unified movement for educational reform.
I am a board member and Policy Council Chair for Next Door Foundation, a former member of the Early Education Task Force for the City of Milwaukee, a member of the State of Wisconsin’s Impact Partner Committee for Children’s Mental Health, Family Engagement and Trauma Recovery, and a Parent Advisory Council member for MPS to increase Montessori options in the District—all committees that are shaping the future for Milwaukee’s youth.
Children need the necessary opportunities to reach their full potential. Therefore, my responsibility will be to maintain a structure that supports MPS’ vision, empowers the staff, and provides parental leadership — PARENTS ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN THE DISTRICT, and I will do everything in my power to make them more inclusive in the decisions that are made for their children.
I strongly believe that we have THE BEST teachers and staff working with our children, and because education primarily takes place in the classroom, the board’s efforts must focus on enhancing and enriching those environments. At the heart of improving teaching and learning, our priorities must be focused on attaining 3rd grade reading and math proficiency. Additionally, MPS staff must understand cultural relevance, and let the classroom reflect those efforts.
WITH FOUR CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT, I HAVE A MAJOR STAKE IN WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR SCHOOLS!!
It’s time to take full control of our Public School System. We cannot allow bureaucracies with baseless intentions tell us what’s best for our children! With the right leadership, we can make all MPS schools an example for every school in the nation.
NEW LEADERSHIP. NEW VISION. CHILDREN FIRST.
SHYLA DEACON for Milwaukee Public Schools – DISTRICT 1
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Current MPS School Board President and District 1 representative, Director Mark Sain,
Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, President Ashanti Hamilton, former Principal Janie Hatton, and many others! Check out the Facebook Page!
Eight events scheduled throughout the city of Milwaukee to gather input and create change
Mon., October 15
5 – 6:30 p.m.
North Division High School
1011 W. Center Street
Wed., October 17
5 – 6:30 p.m.
South Division High School
1515 W. Lapham Boulevard
Wed., October 24
5 – 6:30 p.m.
James Madison Academic Campus
8135 W. Florist Avenue
Mon., October 29
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Alexander Hamilton High School
6215 W. Warnimont Avenue
Mon., November 5
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
2300 W. Highland Avenue
Wed., November 7
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Bay View High School
2751 S. Lenox Street
Mon., November 12
10 – 11 a.m.
MPS Central Services Auditorium
5225 W. Vliet Street
Mon., November 12
1 – 2 p.m.
MPS Central Services Auditorium
5225 W. Vliet Street
- Increasing academic achievement and accountability
- Improving district and school culture
- Developing staff
- Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
- Strengthening communication and collaboration
(Washington, D.C.) – September 28, 2018 – The U.S. Dream Academy hosted an exciting 17th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala themed “Living the Dream” recently at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis presented by Amway in honor of the organizations 20th Anniversary.
The gala fundraising goal of $1 million for the 450 attending guests was exceeded when global media leader Oprah Winfrey had Mpumi Nobiva, an alumna from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy who was being honored at the event with the DreamBlazer Award, make a surprise announcement that Winfrey would match all donations made during the gala celebration.
“Oprah Winfrey is a long-time supporter of U.S. Dream Academy, but this donation was an incredible surprise! This generous donation from Oprah and our other critical supporters, such as Amway, make our programs to serve children all over the country through our after school tutoring, mentoring and our dream building possible,” said, Wintley Phipps, Founder & CEO, U.S. Dream Academy.
“It was a perfect moment, having one of Oprah’s mentee’s from her Leadership Academy, make the an-nouncement. Nobiva’s accomplishments demonstrate the power of mentoring combined with hard work and perseverance to make “Dreams” come true. We were thrilled to honor Mpumi as our DreamBlazer Awardee and then to have her surprise us with this announcement, was a great way to end the evening,” said C. Diane Wallace Booker, founding Executive Director for U.S. Dream Academy.
The gala was co-hosted by popular award-winning actor, producer and director Larenz Tate (known for co-starring in Girls Trip – Universal Pictures, Power – Starz Network, Deuces on Netflix) along with WHUR popular radio personality Triscina Grey. This years honorees, Cicely Tyson (President’s Award), David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Ser-vice Award) and Mpumi Nobiva (DreamBlazer Award) are passionate advocates of mentorship, education and philanthropy, working to make a lasting impact in their respective fields, in our communities and around the world.
One of the many highlights of the evening was an inspiring performance and heartfelt personal words from honoree and icon Cicely Tyson who spoke words of inspiration directly to the more than 120 DreamKids and the Takoma Academy Chorale after their choir performance on stage. Tyson then led the group in an impromptu song of “Jesus Loves Me”, as students of the choir joined softly in with Tyson.
Many of the young people were visibly moved to tears by this moment of unity between the students and Tyson singing together. The magic continued with a special performance by the U.S. Dream Acade-my founder and Grammy nominee, Wintley Phipps, the Takoma Academy Chorale and the DreamKids. In addition, the Southwest Mentor of the Year Award was presented to three recipients this year, includ-ing; Darwin Kemp, (Washington, D.C.), Roosevelt Neely (Houston, TX.) and Beverly Smith (Indianapo-lis, IN).
Dream Academy students also participated in a XS Gum Design Contest with Amway during the course of the school year. On stage, Jim Ayres (Managing Director – Amway North America) and David Vanderveen (VP and GM for XS, Amway Global) awarded the 1st place prize to one student, Kaleem Payne a 7th grader from the Baltimore City Dream Academy. He will receive a cash award of $2,500.00 and his design will be on every box of XS Energy GUM packaging that will be produced and distributed around the world, along with the US Dream Academy.
The US Dream Academy 2018 Honorary Congressional Committee, included: The Honorable Pete Agui-lar, The Honorable Anthony Brown, The Honorable Benjamin Cardin, The Honorable Elijah Cummings, The Honorable Val Demings, The Honorable Kamala D. Harris, The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, The Hon-orable Eleanor Holmes Norton, The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, The Honorable John P. Sarbanes and The Honorable Chris Van Hollen.
For ten years, Amway has served as the Presenting Sponsor of the gala. Additional sponsors that have contributed to make this year’s fundraiser successful include: Centera Transport Inc., Southwest Airlines, MarkerMan Productions, QTS, IBOAI, Giant Foods, BWW CHARITIES, CCMG, Richard & Mo Anderson and Sue Ann Wells.
Since 2001, the annual Power of a Dream Gala has raised more than $19 million to assist with the provi-sion of high-quality after-school programs specifically tailored for children living in high-risk communi-ties. Today, there are more than 700 young people in seven (7) cities across this nation who benefit each day from evidence-based comprehensive youth development programming delivered through Dream Academy Learning Center Communities, including in Baltimore, Washington, DC., Philadelphia, Houston, Orlando, Indianapolis and Salt Lake City.
The 2018 U.S. Dream Academy Award recipients:
Cicely Tyson, Iconic Emmy and Tony winning Actress, was honored with the President’s Award for her tireless work ensuring that the next generation has the tools to succeed. Throughout her career, Ms. Ty-son has always been an advocate for children and their need for education. A staunch supporter of the fine arts, Cicely co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She was honored by having a Performing Arts School named after her, Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts. Her work and achievements have inspired the leaders of tomorrow to live their dreams. Special guest presenter alongside Mr. Phipps to present the award to Ms. Tyson, was inspirational speaker, Wanda Durant, also known as The Real MVP (Mother of Tony and NBA Champion Kevin Durant).
David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR, who received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for his work in the mentoring field and impacting the future success of our children in underserved com-munities. MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships and ultimately close that gap, to ensure that every young person must have the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop.
Since Shapiro took leadership, MENTOR launched In Real Life, a national mentoring public awareness campaign, with the support of the NBA and has worked extensively with the Obama Administration on the mentoring component of My Brother’s Keeper. MENTOR was also selected by the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to lead the National Mentoring Resource Center.
Honoree Mpumi Nobiva, is an International Speaker and Communication Strategist. She has spoken at the White House, congressional fundraisers, corporate functions and nonprofit initiatives in several coun-tries. She excelled in the first class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and serves as the first alumna on the Board of Directors of the Academy. Mpumi is developing the digital infrastructure for Share Your Story Africa – an initiative inspired by her advocacy work uniting youth against HIV/AIDS and domestic violence in South Africa. The U.S. Dream Academy honored her with the First ever Dream-Blazer Award for her innovative work.
The U.S. Dream Academy, founded in 1998, is a national after-school program that aims to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. The mission of the U.S. Dream Academy is to inspire and elevate the lives of children of incarcerated parents and vulnerable young people through high performance relation-ships with caring adults. We seek to maximize their potential by building dreams, perseverance, academic skills and character. The program, founded by renowned Grammy Nominated gospel singer Wintley Phipps, is currently operating in 7 cities nationwide including; Baltimore, MD., Houston, TX., Indianapolis, IN., Orlando, FL., Philadelphia, PA., Salt Lake City, UT., and Washington, D.C.
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The Fifth Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo 2018 Sponsored by AccessLex Institute is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 and Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. This vitally important and groundbreaking summit is the only major national outreach event of its kind in the entire country focused on empowering and supporting students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) interested in pursuing the rigorous, demanding and obstacle-laden path of going to law school and becoming lawyers.
Students and graduates from HBCUs around the country are invited to come together in Atlanta to take part in two intensive and power-packed days of speeches, workshops, panels, and networking activities. According to the summit’s founder Attorney Evangeline Mitchell, who is also a graduate of an HBCU, this event stands apart because “it is the only one that provides all of the critical information that you would expect, but also openly addresses the unique issues and additional challenges that HBCU graduates choosing to attend PWI law schools face. It provides the type of practical advice and wisdom necessary to help these aspiring law students prepare for and overcome these realities.”
According to recent Law School Admission Council statistics, nearly 50% of African American law school applicants don’t get into any law school that they apply to. This event is determined to be one of those efforts created to help change that. According to Attorney Mitchell, “Attendees will be exposed to game-changing information, resources, and connections that they otherwise may not have access to. What they gain during this summit weekend is invaluable. If acted upon, it can absolutely make the difference between acceptance and rejection into law school – and future success beyond.”
“Our goal is that every attendee leave not just with critical information and resources, but, just as importantly, with a circle of support – peer accountability partners, and law student and lawyer contacts that they can start to build relationships with after the event to support them and help them navigate this challenging road ahead. We will stress and constantly reiterate the importance of being excellent, competitive and strategic applicants, but at the same time, working on building meaningful relationships as an equally important key to success.”
Over 100 lawyers, law students, and law school administrators will participate in the summit in various capacities with the singular and collective purpose of helping to empower and support students and graduates in their quest to becoming lawyers. One of the highlights of the summit is that it provides inspirational keynote sessions featuring several prominent and dynamic speakers. This year’s lineup of keynote speakers includes Joy White, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia), Xavier Donaldson, Esq., Partner, Donaldson & Chilliest LLP (New York, New York), Adria Kimbrough, Esq., Pre-Law Advisor, Center for Law and Public Interest, Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana), Reginald McGahee, J.D., Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions, Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC), Mishonda Mosley, Esq., M.Div., D.Min., LL.M., Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer, United States Navy (Fernandina Beach, Florida), Dr. Aaron N. Taylor, Esq., Executive Director, AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence (Washington, DC), and Marcus Sandifer, Esq., Associate, Alston & Bird LLP (New York, New York). All are graduates of historically Black colleges and universities.
In addition to the opportunity to hear from outstanding keynote speakers, there will be a number of special guest speakers, and Black lawyer and law student organizational leaders. Moreover, there will be an illuminating conversation featuring HBCU law school deans. Confirmed panelists include Danielle Holley-Walker, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, John C. Brittain, Esq., Acting Dean and Professor of Law, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, LeRoy Pernell, Esq., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law, and Roederick White, Sr., Esq., Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University Law Center. This special panel will be moderated by Dr. Jamal Watson, the Executive Editor of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The event will also include the National HBCU Pre-Law Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentations. This year’s honorees, who are either graduates of or have made significant contributions to HBCUs, include Alvin O. Chambliss, Esq., Law Professor, Civil Rights Attorney and Education Advocate (Houston, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi), The Honorable Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, Judge, Superior Court of Fulton County, Atlanta Judicial Circuit (Atlanta, Georgia), Ira L. Foster, Esq., Interim Executive Director and General Counsel, Georgia Legal Services Program (Atlanta, Georgia), LeRoy Pernell, Esq., Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law (Orlando, Florida), John K. Pierre, Esq., Chancellor and Vanue B. Lacour Endowed Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), H.T. Smith, Esq., Attorney and Owner, H.T. Smith, P.A. and Director, Trial Advocacy Program, Florida International University College of Law (Miami, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Winfield Murray, Esq., the Pre-Law Director and Professor at Morehouse College will be recognized as “Pre-Law Advisor of the Year.”
Moreover, the event will showcase informative panel discussions on critical topics for aspiring lawyers including law school admission, the HBCU law student experience, and early career planning and strategizing. Also planned are workshop sessions focused on the strategic approach to law school admission, financing legal education, writing the law school personal statement and diversity statement, and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test-taking strategies (which will be provided online after the in-person event).
Further, a law school recruitment and resources expo will take place where students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 90 law schools, law-related non-profit organizations, and employers. Networking breaks and social receptions are scheduled to take place where attendees will have the opportunity to participate in both structured and informal networking activities, and will be assigned to small sections to facilitate networking. The opportunity to take part in a one-on-one consulting session will be offered so that participants can ask any specific and individual law school admissions and preparation questions.
A new added event feature this year is the attorney-led career networking small group discussions on particular practice areas pre-law students might be interested in pursuing including public interest law, intellectual property law, patent law, government law, criminal law, family law, personal injury law, entertainment law, corporate law, among others. Attendees can also choose to participate in based on the practice environment including solo, small firm, large firm, or corporation. Professional headshots, LSAT books and other resources, and food will all be provided at no cost.
The event will end on a high note with the Aspiring Lawyers Pinning Ceremony where all pre-law students will recite the “Aspiring Lawyers Success Pledge” and be pinned by licensed attorneys, as well as be encouraged to move forward in their endeavors and to commit to giving back to others coming behind them.
Admission to the entire event is completely free of charge and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority being given to pre-law students. For more information and to register, please visit the summit’s official website at www.hbcuprelawsummit.org