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1619-Present -- 10/29/20 Daypass-- And Still We Rise: Increasing the Educational Access and Opportunity for Underrepresented Students
Speakers: Joetta Mial, Ph.D. & Carla O’Connor, Ph.D., Director, Wolverine Pathways, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Dr. Mial earned a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She taught English, Journalism and Speech Communication before serving as Assistant Principal at Ann Arbor Huron High School, 1974-1986, and Principal from 1986-1994. After retirement she consulted with the North Central Association and the James Comer School Improvement program. She has served in leadership positions at the African American Culural Historical Museum, SOS Community Services and is a member of Bethel AME Church. Carla O’Connor, Arthur F. ThurnauProfessor and Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, is the Director of University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways, a free year-round program that partners with the families, schools, and communities of Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Southfield to support academic success, college admission, and career exploration. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. A sociologist of education, Carla O’Connor has expertise in the areas of African American achievement, cultural studies, urban education, and ethnographic methods. Speakers’ Synopsis: Having spent 20 years at Huron High School, Ann Arbor, first as an assistant principal and then lead principal, Dr. Mail plans to share some of her experiences in and outside of the school setting with students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community. Much of her life (and her husband’s) has involved working to gain equal access to opportunities as well as outcomes for Black students. She will discuss some of the programs and activities used over time to accomplish equity with some references to her dissertation “Pathways to a Higher Education: An Investigation of Black High School Seniors From 1971-1982,” noting that the struggle continues. Carla O’Connor’s discussion will talk about the program launched in 2016 as part of University of Michigan’s (U-M) reinvigorated commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, Wolverine Pathways is a free, year-round, supplementary educational program serving 7-12th grade scholars who reside in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Southfield. The goal is to increase scholars’ probability of admission to the most selective colleges in the US, including U-M. How has Pathways been a resource in maximizing educational opportunity and access and what does its future promise?
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Category : Series 2 - 1619-Present - The Many Consequences of Slavery
Date(s) : 10/29/2020
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00-11:30AM
Location : Online
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : OPEN