Empowering students in Durham to succeed in college and beyond

Our mission is to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. We know that as a result of structural racism, poverty, and other systemic injustices, first-generation college-bound students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to educational success. This situation prevents our community from reaching its full potential. We believe our students are powerful, and that this power will help us realize a Durham where all students can succeed.

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– We are Destined to change the world —

Changing Communities

Student U student Jatzyri Perez Garcia is tackling issues of inequity at her school. She is not only identifying challenges but she is proposing systemic solutions that will outlast her tenure. Currently, she serves on a student council that meets with the Superintendent of Durham Public Schools to advise on the strategic plan to close the opportunity gap. Read more about how Jatzyri is changing her community.>


Building Leaders

Ms. Latosha Ruffin has been working to better herself and the community around her. Latosha recently received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has been actively involved in her campus community as a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the UNCP Spirit Squad and as a site leader for the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. She hopes to one day work in a crime lab as a forensic scientist.

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— Community Announcements —

Summer Academy 2019

The First Day of Summer Academy 2019 is Monday, June 24th! Student U middle school and high school students will join us for another brilliant summer of learning and joy. Students take core and elective classes and go on weekly field trips to discover their best selves.

2019 Decision Day

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4 pm. Join us at Decision Day as we celebrate the choices our students have made for their college experience. This will be Student U’s sixth class of high school graduates that will transition into the College Promise Program. As a community, we will continue supporting them in the next phase of their journeys and empowering them to be the change they wish to see in the world.


— What's New with Student U —

  • Khalid Richardson – Staying true to yourself.

    Khalid Richardson is graduating from Eastern Alamance High School and will be attending The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has a passion for animals and plans to pursue that passion by majoring in Zoology. He values authenticity and believes in being true to himself will help him succeed in school and beyond. ...

  • Breana Morris – Helping others and inspiring children.

    Breana Morris is a Senior at Northern High School and is graduating this May. She plans to attend Durham Tech to major in Journalism and Business. Her goal is to help and inspire others, while using her talents in the arts and business to create programs to empower children to succeed. ...

  • Isabella Cohen – Helping others and building up her community.

    Isabella Cohen is a senior at Jordan High School and is graduating this May. She plans to attend Western Carolina University to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She plans on using her degree and career to help others and build up her community. ...