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The Roeper Institute and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights invite you to join us on Friday, October 14, 2016 for: A Matter of Equity: how we are failing high-potential Detroit schoolchildren and what we can do about it, a one-day symposium at the Keith Center at Wayne State University.

This symposium offers an opportunity to broaden the Detroit educational conversation and to attract resources to Detroit to design and implement program models that have demonstrated success in other American cities. It is a critical first step. Its purpose is to highlight, educate, engage, and generate resources. In addition to providing the opportunity for Detroit leaders in the education, foundation, not-for-profit, corporate, and public sectors to dialogue with each other, the symposium will feature presentations by national experts who have worked for years to identify and serve the needs of low-income and culturally diverse gifted populations.


The engagement of community partners is critical to the success of the symposium and its larger goal of furthering educational opportunities for all of Detroit’s children. Adding to this dialogue, we will hear from a distinguished and diverse panel of speakers. These thought leaders and innovators in the field of gifted education will share their latest research, prompting our discussions as we move to actionable changes for Detroit students.   

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.

Chair, Department of Teacher Education 
Associate Professor
Virginia Union University

Donald Ambrose, Ph.D.

Professor of Graduate Education, Rider University
Editor, The Roeper Review

Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, Ed.D.

Jody and Layton Smith Professor Emerita of Education
Founding Director, Center for Gifted Education

Dr. Tracy Cross, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education
Executive Director of the Center for Gifted 

Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D.

Director of Research
Center for Gifted Education
College of William & Mary


Funding for the Symposium is generously provided by

Dr. HOBART W. HARRIS, Roeper School alumnus '75

UCSF School of Medicine

Professor and Chief Division of General Surgery

Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, 

J. Engelbert Dunphy Endowed Chair in Surgery

Director, Infection, Injury & Immunity Lab

The Roeper Institute, a separately incorporated not-for-profit corporation affiliated with The Roeper School, was formed to advance the core values and ideals of the Roeper philosophy both within the school and to a larger community. Its mission is to promote broader understanding of the needs of gifted and creative children and the means of supporting their education, learning and growth.  
Located in Detroit and embedded within Wayne State University’s Law School, the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights addresses the civil rights needs of southeast Michigan and beyond. The Keith Center’s mission is to promote the educational, economic and political power of underrepresented communities in urban settings. 


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