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Educators look to close high achiever's gap, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

New Jersey secondary school teachers, guidance counselors and other educators will be on campus this weekend for a symposium on challenges facing African-American students who are academic high achievers.

The event, "Closing the High Achiever's Gap," is being held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, in McCosh Hall. It is co-sponsored by the Program in African-American Studies and the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute Inc., the urban education advocacy organization. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Princeton Associate Professor of Religion Eddie Glaude Jr. is delivering a keynote address Saturday morning. All sessions are open to the University community.

The symposium addresses the need to support academically gifted African-American students from high school through postgraduate education and ways to increase their representation at elite educational institutions. Symposium organizers said the goal is to sensitize educators to the problems facing this population of students both in segregated, underprivileged communities as well as integrated suburbs. Panelists and speakers are offering strategies to support these students and ensure they are making the most of educational opportunities available to them.

Other speakers include Bennett College President Johnnetta Cole and Dorothy Height, president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women. Among the panelists for the session are: Harvard University Law Professor Charles Ogletree; Diana Slaughter-Defoe, the Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education at University of Pennsylvania; Newark Attorney Corey Booker; and Sherle Boone of the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute.

For more information on the conference and schedule, contact the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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