Bright Futures: Symposium Explores Disparities in Educational Opportunities for Girls of Color

By Tom McLaughlin

While girls are graduating from high school at higher rates than boys nationwide, one might assume that they’re doing just fine. However, for girls of color, a different, more alarming narrative emerges.

Square2Data examining race and gender shows that girls of color are, in fact, graduating at far lower rates than their white, female and male counterparts – a disparity with pervasive, educational and economic consequences that will continue to resonate for the rest of their lives.

Hoping to alter the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are partnering to provide a forum to hear the voices, consider the struggles, and examine the data concerning these often-overlooked students, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Friday, April 15.

The two-day “Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color” symposium, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

The forum will explore issues of discrimination, structural and institutional barriers, and disparities in educational opportunities that disproportionately affect girls of color.

“Participants are encouraged to attend the event with teams and their key partners,” says Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers–Camden. “Following the symposium, they can hit the ground running by applying the best practices and ideas raised at the event in an effort to mitigate the challenges that this population faces.”

Registration is required, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited space, participants are asked to register by Thursday, March 31. For more information, visit the symposium website.

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