Closing the Opportunity Gap: Black Children Thriving in School

Asheville is in a crisis.

We have the worst academic outcomes for black children in the state of North Carolina. This opportunity gap is a result of the structural inequities black students face within the education system.

Emphasizing the best practices in education, a think tank of local education scholars will explore solutions that promote black children thriving in our schools. This think tank seeks to increase awareness and generate practical ideas leading to the implementation of these solutions in our region.

To address this crisis, a team of scholars in western North Carolina will come together to present the best practices that support black children thriving in our schools.

Speakers Include

  • Dr. Summer Carrol, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Dr. Tiece Ruffin, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Dr. Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Western Carolina University
  • Dr. Darrius Stanley, Western Carolina University

The symposium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; registration is encouraged. Childcare is available; registration is required by Sept. 6, 2019.

The symposium takes place on Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place in Asheville. Register at Note: Due to high demand this event is now closed. We have reached our seating and childcare capacity.

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