The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans continued its African American Education Summit series at Harris-Stowe State University.
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 African-American students.
“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 concluded 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 can ensure that African-American students feel safe, engaged and supported.