Discussion of racial achievement gaps in schools set for Oct. 1, honors colloquium

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KINGSTON, R.I. Sept. 24, 2013

WHO: URI Diversity Week keynote speaker, Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Noguera is a professor and sociologist in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

WHAT: A discussion on “Creating the Opportunity to Learn” as part of the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, “Public Education, Everyone’s Right? Everyone’s Responsibility?”, and URI’s Diversity Week.

Noguera’s lecture, “Creating the Opportunity to Learn” will examine how to eliminate the achievement gap and create schools where a child’s ethnicity or social class does not determine how he or she performs in school. Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

Note to media, for most of the lectures, speakers will be available from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for interviews. To make arrangements, please contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston, R.I.

Major Sponsor: URI Honors Program

Sponsors: URI Office of the President; URI Office of the Provost; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment, as well as the following URI colleges, departments and offices, College of Human Science and Services, Talent Development, Multicultural Center, University College, WRIU’s The Beauty Salon, College of Arts and Sciences, The Harrington School of Communications and Media, John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service, Department of Gender and Women Studies, College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Nursing, Division of Student Affairs, Department of Marketing and Communications, Department of Publications and Creative Services, and Instructional Technology and Media Services. Rhode Island Public Radio is also a sponsor.

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or debg@uri.edu.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact URI Professor Lynne Derbyshire, Honors Program director, at 401.874. 4732. If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 800.745.5555.

This advisory was written by Caitlin Musselman, a URI Communications and Marketing intern and a public relations and political science major.