EVENTS

Upcoming Events


 

White House Summit to Support African American LGBTQ Youth

 

Beginning on June 9, 2016, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will host a first of its kind convening to highlight unique opportunities to support the learning and development of African American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students. The White House Summit on African American LGBTQ youth will explore the needs of African American youth who identify as LGBTQ and highlight promising and proven strategies to provide safe and supportive environments in which the cognitive, social and emotional needs of African American LGBTQ youth are nurtured. The summit will highlight the economic and social impact of excluding or otherwise failing to support African American LGBTQ youth and provide platforms for African American LGBTQ youth to provide their critical perspective and contribute to solutions designed to address critical needs in the African American LGBTQ community.

The White House Summit on African American LGBTQ youth continues the Initiative’s investments in support of African American LGBTQ youth which includes a White House screening of the film Holler If You Hear Me: Being Black and Gay In The Black Church in collaboration with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative during Black History Month as well as a series of AfAmEd Twitter Chats and Webinars focused on highlighting programs and practices benefitting African American LGBTQ youth.

 

White House Summit to Support African American Students with Disabilities

 

In July, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will host a first of its kind convening to highlight unique opportunities to support the learning and development of African American students with disabilities.

The White House Summit on African American students with disabilities will explore the needs of African American students with disabilities with the goal of highlighting promising and proven strategies to ensuring the cognitive, social and emotional learning and development needs of students with disabilities are nurtured so that students with disabilities and thrive both in school and in life.  The summit will highlight the economic and social impact of providing students with disabilities the support needed to thrive, strategies to address the disproportionate representation of African Americans in special education as well as promising and proven strategies to ensure post-secondary success (with particular attention paid to access, transition and support).

For more information, email afameducation@ed.gov or visit www.ed.gov/AfAmEducation

 

 


Webinar Series

Webinars allow the Initiative to connect and share resources with a global network of stakeholders supporting the learning and development of African Americans of all ages. Consistent with the goals established by President Barack Obama,  the Initiative conducts webinars on various topics concerning the academic excellence of African American students. Webinars enable us to connect and share resources with a global network of stakeholders supporting the learning and development of African Americans of all ages.  You may find archived webinar resources here.

 

 


#AfAmEdFilms

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) Film Screening and Discussion Series (#AfAmEdFilms) will screen films that depict positive and compelling stories of students, families, and communities striving for academic excellence. Each film challenges and disrupts negative stereotypes about African American students, families, and communities. Each film screening will be accompanied by a dialogue/community forum designed to discuss themes and topics that emerge from the film and are designed to inform a national conversation about challenges and opportunities to ensuring African American educational excellence for all children, youth, and young adults.

 

 


Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Summit Brochure)

Students at any age, birth through adulthood, deserve opportunities—opportunities afforded by a high-quality school experience that prepares them for careers with family sustaining wages and opportunities for advancement in the global 21st century workforce. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and Ebony Magazine are proud to present, “The Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans.”

GOALS FOR THE SUMMIT SERIES INCLUDE:

  1. Raising awareness about the importance of investing in African American educational excellence to ensure African American students, schools, and communities are supported in learning and development opportunities beginning at birth;
  2. Highlighting individuals and organizations who are successfully supporting African American educational excellence;
  3. Supporting community engagement by creating opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults to increase the number of African American’s who graduate from high school prepared for future success.

2015 SUMMIT DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Friday, June 26, 2015 
University of California, Los Angeles
California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium
1:00PM – 5:00PM

In collaboration with UCLA’s Sociology and African American Studies Departments, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA and the Black Male Institute, this Summit will be a solutions-based forum to enable those in attendance to meaningfully contribute to African American educational excellence by supporting learning and development opportunities for African American students.