Webster Welcomes Urban League, Community Leaders for 'Action, Empowerment through Education'

Nov. 10, 2015

Webster Welcomes Urban League for 'Forward: Action, Empowerment through Education'
Art McCoy, ULSTL board member and chair of the Urban League Education Committee, led the opening panel and town hall forum.

Webster University is proud to welcome community leaders to campus Tuesday, Nov. 10, for "Forward: A Call to Action and Empowerment through Education," a leadership conference focused on moving the greater St. Louis Metropolitan region forward through education.

The conference, presented by The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Webster University and Xerox, drew educators, legislators and other community leaders to campus for a day of panels, forums and breakout sessions on implementing change through education from K-12 to higher education.

Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Nicole Roach, associate vice president for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, are participating on panels along with Urban League representatives, education superintendents and governmental leaders.

Renowned educator Art McCoy, a board member for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis (ULSTL) and chair of the Urban League Education Committee, opened discussions and led the opening panel and town hall forum. 

President Stroble welcomes participants in the "Forward: A Call to Action and Empowerment through Education" conference with the Urban League and Xerox
President Stroble welcomed participants in the "Forward: A Call to Action and
Empowerment through Education" conference Webster co-presented
with the Urban League and Xerox.

K-12, higher education and state leaders are discussing the challenges of educating an increasingly diverse student body.

Topics include the importance of making sure all kids have the opportunity to succeed and how by working together, various community organizations can focus on equitable opportunities for student success.

In the early sessions, some stressed the growing emphasis on science and technology, an area that needs more qualified teachers in order to make a difference as a unified community.

Charles Pearson, superintendent in Normandy School District, noted, "Our students aren't competing against Clayton students. They compete against children in Seoul and Tokyo."

The conference continues into the afternoon. Follow @websteru on Twitter for more highlights and quotes from some of the sessions.

The conference is an opportunity for education leaders, community activists and governmental representatives to exchange findings and workshop solutions.
The conference is an opportunity for leaders from education, government and the community to exchange findings and workshop solutions to move the St. Louis region forward.

 

 

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