Deputy Director of White House Initiative on HBCUs to Discuss Ways Educational Institutions Can Effectively Work Together to Improve Academic Outcomes for African American Children at 2014 Maryland-DC Campus Compact Presidents' Institute Event

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Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will give remarks at the 2014 Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) Presidents' Institute on Monday, Nov. 10, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's theme, 60 Years After Brown: College/Career Readiness, Civic Engagement and Civil Rights, will focus on encouraging relationships that strengthen partnerships in order to improve educational outcomes for students. Toldson's remarks will highlight ways in which K-12 and higher education institutions can work together more effectively to enhance college and career readiness for African American children.

The MDCCC Presidents' Institute is a one-day executive level meeting that advances the mission and vision of MDCCC through the collaborative efforts of member institutions and community partners. The goal of the organization is to embrace education as a civil rights issue. The event will examine both the complexities surrounding college, career and civic readiness, as well as explore opportunities to collectively benefit through civic and community engagement.

The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education's work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including ConnectED, School Improvement Grants, Race to the Top, as well as ED's work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.