Three Fayetteville State University (FSU) students have been selected as panelist for a summit sponsored by the United States Department of Education and the Council of the Great City Schools. The summit, scheduled for August 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C., will be hosted by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The title of the event is “A National Summit on Educational Excellence and Opportunity for African American Males” and will include a national discussion on strategies to improve the educational outcomes of black males. The three students are Winfred Cox, a sophomore criminal justice major from Lumberton, N.C.; Jared James, a sophomore accounting major from Charlotte, N.C.; and Randolph Scott, a freshman from Fayetteville, N.C. Cox and James are members of the Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence (MILE) and Scott is a member of the Building Bronco Brothers (B3).
The summit audience will consist of educators, business, philanthropic, and community leaders; state and local elected officials; and members of Congress and Congressional staff. The FSU students will be accompanied by Dr. Jason DeSousa, Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Retention.
“Our young men are the only undergraduates in American higher education selected to discuss the impact of male initiatives on academic success and persistence to graduation,” DeSousa said. “Their engagement in the summit will also enable them to strengthen desirable educational outcomes such as leadership, interpersonal and reasoning skills.”
The objectives of the summit are:
Highlight instructive research and promising practices for fostering achievement among African American boys throughout the educational pipeline.
Promote information-sharing and collaboration among diverse stakeholders – including public (federal, state, local), private (business and non-profit), philanthropic, and community partners.
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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