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White House Educational Director to Speak at Educational Justice Conference

The 2nd Annual Conference will Aid in Educational Change for Underserved Youth


Bethune-Cookman University will  host the 2nd Annual K-16 Educational Justice Conference in Orlando, Fla. on July 17-19, 2016 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel (9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819). The theme, “Connecting with Diverse and Underrepresented Youth of Today,” was developed to empower educational justice leaders and community partners to address critical issues minority students face in the public school sector. Over 150 expected attendees will engage in dialogue with educational stakeholders that will present on topics that will emphasize small group instruction, methods to teaching differentiated instruction, and best practices on implemented individualized instruction for minority students. For more information and registration, visit

"We view educational justice as a "civil right" It should be a moral imperative to all who serve diverse and underrepresented youth in our schools,” says Dr. Louis E. Dunbar, Assistant Professor and Curriculum Coordinator. B-CU recognizes the disparity in the educational delivery and academic responses in our public schools and the tremendous achievement gap that exists between the underrepresented and traditional cultures. Educational faculty and staff from the State of Florida will participate in thought-provoking conversation that will evoke registrants to bring change to schools throughout the state and our nation.  Attendees will hear from guest speakers including: Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on HBCUs and B-CU President, Dr. Edison Jackson, as they address modifications that need to be met in our educational justice system.  

The two-day conference is in partnership with governmental agencies, church and local and surrounding civic organizations. This year B-CU will highlight the service of Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Prior to his term as Superintendent, Dr. Vitti was the Chief Academic Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) which won the Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Excellence in 2013.

In preparation for the conference, Dr. Willis Walter, Dean of the College of Education and Vice President of K-16 Community Initiatives states, "It is our hope that this Educational Justice Conference will allow us to start collecting academic strategies  to address the negative statistics so often following minorities and specific genders. We plan to produce an annual product that holds all of us accountable for our children."

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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