Steve Perry, a nationally known education reformer and CNN education contributor, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, March 28, in 1000 Farmer School of Business. The talk is free and open to the public.
Perry will speak about diversity and education in the public sector and suggest strategies for how people can work together to give all children, regardless of race or class, the education they deserve.
In 1998 Perry founded ConnCAP, the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness Program, at Capital Community College. For a period of six years, the program sent 100 percent of its low-income first-generation graduates to four-year colleges. He also founded Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut’s lowest performing district, and since its inception that school, too, has sent 100 percent of its graduates to four-year colleges.
Perry’s approach to designing the ideal educational experience for children led to his being featured on CNN’s documentary “Black in America” and to an official role as a weekly education contributor to the network, including his “Perry’s Principles” segments.
The event is sponsored by the Urban Leaders, NAACP, Guiding 100, Adopt-A-School, department of journalism, and the office of diversity affairs.