David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) and Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) will be panelists at a New York University (NYU) forum on challenges facing students of color at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 30, in New York City. A Q&A session will follow the forum.
Titled “Bridging the Gap: Actualizing Educational Achievement for Students of Color,” the forum is sponsored by three student associations affiliated with NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Davis and Johns will highlight the Obama Administration’s efforts to support educational attainment for Hispanics and African Americans, the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative aimed at creating pathways to success for all youth, including boys and men of color, and the Administration’s cradle to career educational agenda.
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 Promise Neighborhoods, School Improvement Grants, Race to the Top, and ConnectED, as well as ED's work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.