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April 19, 2006
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EMU College of Education gets Kellogg grant to establish summit dealing with issues facing African American males in K-12 education

YPSILANTI — A $41,555 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education plan and conduct a statewide summit on convergent issues impacting African American males in pre K-12 education.

The college will host the summit, scheduled for Friday, June 9 at the EMU Convocation Center. The daylong event will focus on a multitude of issues impacting African American males in school and society. Representatives from pre K-12 schools, higher education and various community, social service and religious organizations will be invited to participate.

As well, commissioned papers on the conditions affecting African American males in school and society will be made available and posted on the college’s Web site following the summit.

“The conditions affecting African American males in Michigan will have a critical impact on African American communities throughout the state. The Educational Summit, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Eastern Michigan University, will provide an opportunity for educators and policy makers to engage in an important dialogue about an array of issues,” said Dean Vernon C. Polite, EMU College of Education. 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” Its programming activities center around the common vision of a world in which each person has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family, community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to be productive, and to help create nurturing families, responsive institutions, and healthy communities.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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