Wake County, NC Community Summit
Wake County, NC
Event Name and Convening Organization
#WakeReady GradNation Community Summit hosted by the Wake County Public School System, Youth Thrive, and Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative
We have set a goal through our Strategic Plan that by 2020, we will annually graduate at least 95% of our students ready for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career. To help reach our ambitious goal, we need help from the entire community: businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local governments, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, parents, young people, and YOU. That’s why Wake County has been selected as one of just 100 communities across the country to host a GradNation Community Summit, designed to improve our graduation rate. Along with YouthThrive and Raleigh College and Community Collaborative, we are bringing together stakeholders from throughout the community to identify gaps in access to college and career readiness resources and develop a multi-year action plan to address those gaps.
April 29, 2016 from 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton – Brownstone (1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC)
To increase access to college and career readiness resources
Leaders from businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local government, public schools, higher education, foundations, faith-based organizations, parents, and youth
- Youth panel of WCPSS high school juniors and seniors
- Jorge Aguilar - Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access in Fresno Unified School District and Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships at the University of California, Merced
- Anderson Williams - Co-founder and former Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Tennessee College Access and Success Network
- Breakout sessions focused on:
- College access
- Community-based programs
- College admissions
- Career readiness
- Collective action
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Local Sponsors & Co-Conveners
Wake County Public School System, Youth Thrive, and Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative
Jorge Aguilar currently serves as Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access in Fresno Unified School District and Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational and Community Partnerships at the University of California, Merced. In 2009, both institutions established a unique partnership that fosters expanded educational opportunities for all students. The strategy for accomplishing this goal was the development of a data system that identifies the academic, social, and emotional site practices and district policies that inhibit the realization of the potential of students as well as informs decisions about the actions needed to reach more equitable educational outcomes. The guiding principle of this partnership is to give all students an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.
Mr. Aguilar graduated from UC Berkeley in 1994, with a degree in Latin American Studies, Spanish,and Portuguese and earned a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1998. In 2002, he founded the Center for Educational Partnerships at UC Merced. Since its inception, this Center has supported more than 24,000 students to pursue their aspirations to pursue a higher education.
Anderson Williams previously served as the co-founder and Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Tennessee College Access and Success Network where he led the creation of the organizational strategy, outcomes, and metrics for a statewide intermediary organization. As part of this work, he also helped build a 150 member network and develop a policy platform to increase college access and success in Tennessee. Anderson also helped design and develop the Nashville College Connection, Nashville's first and only college access resource center.
His early work in youth organizing around college access was recognized as a finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and is the subject of a documentary entitled “College on the Brain.” In addition to regional, national, and international training and consulting work, Anderson co-authored “The Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change” and "Youth Organizing for Educational Change" with the Forum for Youth Investment, and his writing was published in a special issue of the international Journal of Community Psychology on “Youth and Democracy.”
Anderson received his Master of Business Administration at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his B.A. from Wake Forest University. Anderson recently published his first book entitled: Creating Matters: Reflections on Art, Business, and Life. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and two children.