Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit Held at USC

White House Executive Director of African American Excellence David Johns speaks to USC BAA students about being sources for those who wish to get a higher education. From left to right: David Johns, Brianna Savage, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, and Skylar Dunn. (Courtesy photo)
White House Executive Director of African American Excellence David Johns speaks to USC BAA students about being sources for those who wish to get a higher education. From left to right: David Johns, Brianna Savage, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, and Skylar Dunn. (Courtesy photo)

The University of Southern California (USC) Black Alumni Association in partnership with Ebony Magazine hosted the Aligning for Black Excellence in Higher Education Summit on Feb. 7 at USC’s Tutor Campus Ballroom.

Executive Director of the White House Initiative on African American Excellence David J. Johns spoke to summit attendees about the importance of higher education and excellence in the African American society.

“We continue to have conversations about high school preparation. If we acknowledge that learning starts at birth and the preparation starts way before birth, we can forget about catching up and wasting money on remedial education by providing our babies with the solid foundation they need to learn and grow early,” Johns said.

The discussion of Black excellence in the educational setting and college financial literacy came after President Obama announced his GI Bill in January, stating that prospective candidates have the opportunity to go to community college for two free years.

The summit included panels about diverse college environments, trends impacting competitive college readiness, financial readiness, external stakeholder perspectives and access and completion in selective institutions.  Some of the keynote speakers included in the panels were: Executive Director of USC’s Black Alumni Association, Michele Turner, LAUSD’s Board member George McKenna, President of Los Angeles’ Urban League, Nolan Rollins, and Gates Millennium Collegiate Scholar Constance Iloh. USC Black Alumni Association’s (BAA) main objective for the event was to increase college access and help bring the discussion of a greater percentage of college completion among African American students.

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Source: LA Sentinel

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