Today was one of those days I was reminded of the importance of my work as an educator, when I had the opportunity to see some of the work that I champion come to fruition. Today, we saw justice for 300 Lynwood students. I spent my morning with presidents and recruiters of 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the Black College Expo Leadership Breakfast, sponsored by the United States Army and the National College Resource Foundation.
The leadership breakfast was an opportunity for college representatives and district educators to connect and network around aligning more of our students with opportunities and pathways to college ahead of the annual Los Angeles Black College Expo. It was an honor to be in the presence of so many great educators sharing the amazing work their institutions are doing. We even had the pleasure of being joined by one of Dr. Charles R. Drew’s daughters. As a product of an HBCU, Shaw University, I had the opportunity to share some of my experiences with the guests.
Following the breakfast, the Lynwood Unified School District partnered with the National Resource College Foundation to host the Black College Expo Road Show. The road show features a caravan of the participating HBCU’s traveling to meet with seniors at Lynwood and Firebaugh High Schools. Many of the students are offered admission and scholarships while attending the event.
At the end of the day, Hampton University, Bowie State University, Grambling State University, Southern University, Lincoln University, Wiley College, Harris-Stowe University, Dillard University, Howard University and Lincoln University (Missouri) offered admission and over 1.2 million dollars in scholarships to over 300 students from Firebaugh and Lynwood High School.
Today was proof that all our students need to succeed is access and opportunity. Many of the students who received admissions and scholarship offers did not even have college on their radar just a few short years ago. The barriers of financial hardship and access to resources often prevent students from reaching goals that are within reach. As a Lynwood alumni, I am humbled and honored to support the partnership between the Lynwood Unified School District and The National College Resource Foundation as we continue to give our students access to pathways to success through higher education. Justice, for our students, means that educators and communities provide them with what they deserve, opportunities to lift themselves beyond their current status and give them opportunities to succeed and thrive.
This is a big win worth celebrating.