White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

About the White House Summit

The summit will offer a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue and identify actions that will support African American students in attaining educational success. Students, faculty, higher education leaders, community members and White House representatives will address meaningful topics, ranging from financial aid, to student retention, to access.

Due to limited space, this is an invitation-only event, but the event will be streamed live.

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Agenda

1:00 p.m. - Welcome

  • John King, U.S. Secretary of Education (via video)
  • Milton Lang, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Campus Community and Retention, UC Davis
  • Patti Colston, Communications Manager, California Student Aid Commission
  • Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement, University of California
  • Linda P.B. Katehi, Chancellor, UC Davis (via video)
  • Adela de la Torre, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, UC Davis (via video)
  • Kamaal Thomas, Undergraduate Student Leader, UC Davis
  • David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
  • Ryan Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust-West

1:25 p.m. - Panel Discussion I: Campus Climate: Feeling Safe, Engaged and Supported

  • Moderator: David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
  • Mariah Watson, Undergraduate Student Leader, UC Davis
  • Gabriel Johnson, Undergraduate Student Leader, UC Davis
  • Janay Ezekwe, Student, California State University, Sacramento, Martin Luther King Center, and Black Student Union President
  • Adam Allen, Student, Valley High School and Member, Improve Your Tomorrow Program
  • Isaiah Soto, Student, Sacramento Charter High School and Member, Architects of Hope Program

2:30 p.m. - Student Experience

  • Rachel Jackson, Transfer Student, UC Davis

2:35 p.m. - Panel Discussion II: A Conversation on Retention, Financial Aid, and Student Support Resources

  • Moderator: Kayton Carter, Director for Strategic African American Retention Initiatives and Center for African Diaspora Student Success, UC Davis
  • Ralph Washington, Jr., Graduate Student Leader, UC Davis
  • Lorenzo H.J. Ramsey, Vetran/Re-entry Student, UC Davis
  • El-iza El Henson, Physics Major, California State University, Sacramento and Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Vinson Saldivar, Student, American River College, Los Rios Community College District and CalWORKS
  • Raymel Green, Student, Sacramento Charter High School and Member, Architects of Hope Program

3:40 p.m. - Spoken Word Performance

  • Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, UC Davis

3:45 p.m. - Call to Action: Community Conversation, Reactions and Recommendations

  • Moderator: David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

4:50 p.m. - Closing Remarks

  • Milton Lang, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Campus Community and Retention Services, UC Davis

5:00 p.m. - Reception

  •  Hosted by the UC Davis Center for African Diaspora Student Success