The President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will moderate his second annual President’s Breakfast, Thursday, February 9 at the Marriott in Marina del Rey, CA. He will moderate a spirited panel of experts in higher education to tackle solutions to the question “’Underrepresented Students in Higher Education: What Does Access Mean?’”
According to a 2015 study in US News and World Reports, the separate and unequal educational opportunities may stem from a number of factors, including family instability, dangerous neighborhoods, contact with police which results in incarceration more than it does for White children, being far more likely to be extremely poor, or receiving long-term welfare support and inexperienced educators. The experts will offer more insights and solutions.
CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle will moderate the esteemed panel of experts listed below.
Slated to give the Keynote speech is Valeisha Butterfield Jones, who is the head of Black Community Engagement at Google. She’s had an 18 year career which took her to the White House on President Obama’s team, to co-found her own nonprofit, the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).
Panelist featured for the event will be Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College Opportunity; Steve O. Michael, PhD, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and CDU Provost; Christopher Downing, Superintendent, LAUSD, Local District South and David Steele-Figueredo, President, Woodbury University.
“Education is a fundamental resource and access to higher education is a challenge for many communities. We need to do everything we can to expand access so all of our society has the ability to advance themselves,” said Dr. Carlisle. “We are proud to host this second annual President’s Breakfast so that CDU can continue to lead the discourse on such an important topic.”
Set your GPS on February 9th, 2017, 9-am to the Marina del Rey Marriott, 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 Bayview Ballroom. Tickets may be ordered online at: www.cdrewu.edu/PresidentsBreakfast or call (323) 357-3669.