Department of Education's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Participate in Community Conversations in Salt Lake City

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The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Education Department's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, along with the center’s senior advisor Ken Bedell and Robert Gomez, an official with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will participate in a series of community conversations Thursday in Salt Lake City. Joined by the National League of Cities, the team will meet with parents, educators and community leaders to discuss the city's initiatives around early learning, out-of-school time, college completion and equity.

The community conversations are being hosted by Mayor Ralph Becker. "A Capital City Education" is a city-wide, multi-sector alliance among the Mayor’s Office, the Salt Lake City School District, the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College, cultivating an environment of college, career and civic readiness.

The capstone of these conversations will be a public town hall at the Sorensen Unity Center. The community is invited to provide insight and expertise to help cultivate quality educational programs in the areas identified above.