2012 Closing The Achievement Gap Series

Supporting Young Men Of Color In Their Pursuit For A College Education: Fulfilling President Obama’s 2020 Goal for College Achievement.
When Apr 24, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Performing Arts Center
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Welcome by Dr. Dorita Gibson - Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access

Opening Remarks by Robert J. Alig - College Board Vice President for the Middle States Region

Moderated by Rubain Dorancy - Deputy Network Leader of Children First Network 563

Keynote Speaker: US Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights - Russlynn Ali

United States Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali serves as the head of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Education. The Assistant Secretary is the primary civil rights advisor to the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. As Assistant Secretary, Ms. Ali is responsible for enforcing U.S. civil rights laws as they pertain to education—ensuring the nation's schools, colleges and universities receiving federal funding do not engage in discriminatory conduct related to race, sex, disability or age.

Ms. Ali’s rich history includes serving: as a teacher, as the liaison for the president of the Children's Defense Fund, as assistant director of policy and research at the Broad Foundation, and as chief of staff to the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law Center and the University of California at Davis.

In the legal field, Ali was a contract attorney at Bird, Marella, Boxer and Wolpert, deputy co-director and counsel at the Advancement Project at English, Munger & Rice, and an attorney at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, all in Los Angeles. Ali is a member of the California State Bar.

The Closing the Achievement Gap (CAG) is a speaker series and learning program sponsored by NYCDOE Division of Equity and Access and derives from the Empowering Boys Initiative (EBI). The series is a component of the NYCDOE’s Empowering Boys Initiative and focuses on closing the achievement gap in Black and Latino male students by supporting schools through the identification, development and promotion of innovative and culturally competent support systems. This year’s theme is “Engaging The Community: Preparing Young Men For College & Career Achievement.” These sessions will equip professionals, teachers, parents and students with the necessary tools that are needed to engage, retain and encourage boys to succeed in the global economy. For more information, contact Nicole Yarde

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