White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Host Summit at Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis, Missouri

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The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative), will continue their African American Education Summit (Summit) series at Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis, Missouri, at 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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 will conclude 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 could ensure that African-American students feel safe, engaged, and supported.

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