Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham.

We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. Together, we’re creating a Durham where all students succeed.

We support this transformation with an approach that combines three key elements:


– COMMUNITY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT —

Joy has been with Student U since the beginning. She joined our community in 2007 as a member of our first class of students, and it has been home for her ever since. She graduated from NC A&T with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and has recently earned her Social Work Master’s degree. She is now striving towards greatness and changing her community for the better by fostering greatness in her students.

 

We know our secret sauce is the amazing people in our community.


— OUR IMPACT —

For students who stay in our programming from start to finish, they have outstanding outcomes:

550

EMPOWERED STUDENTS

Each Year
88% Student Retainment 

276

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Since 2014
Nearly 100% Graduation Rate

34

COLLEGE GRADUATES

Since 2018
90% College Enrollment Rate


 

— COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS —

WATCH THE STATE OF STUDENT U

Listen to Alexandra Zagbayou, Executive Director of Student U, and Elena Maina, Program Director of Student U, for their reflections on the state of education in Durham, as well as Student U's plans for 2021. This was an online conversation about our community's COVID-19 recovery efforts and how Student U is reimagining what our programming will look like in the future.

JOIN US FOR DECISION DAY 2021

Join us in celebrating our Class of 2021 High School Graduates as they announce their future plans. They have worked tirelessly to make sure they are in the best position to make their dreams come true and achieve greatness. We are proud of each graduate and look forward to being with them as they transition to the next phase of their life.


 

— STUDENT U BLOG —

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