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 Education and Equity Visit Day

Wednesday, July 10th, from 8:00am-10:00am. Join us for our "Education and Equity" 2019 Summer Academy Visit Day. During your morning with Student U, you will meet our students, tour Student U Summer Academy classes, and engage in conversations with leaders in Durham Public Schools and other community organizations about creating a Durham in which all students can succeed. Breakfast will be provided.


— Student U Blog —

Ms. Laura Duran Velazquez – Coding and community.
Laura Duran Velazquez is graduating from Durham Tech with a degree in computer science. She is from the Student U
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Niadiquay Everette Graduate
Ms. Niadiquay Everette – Never settle for mediocrity.
Niadiquay Everette is a PROUD first-generation college student. She is graduating from UNC Chapel Hill this spring with her M.A.
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Nicholas Edwards Graduation
Nicholas Edwards – Inspiring others to be more compassionate to their fellow man.
Nicholas Edwards is a senior at Middle College High School at DTCC and is graduating this May. He will attend
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