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 —

At Student U, we believe that in the face of injustice, celebrating joy is a revolutionary act. We actively affirm the positive racial identity development in each of our 550 students that honors the histories and experiences of the communities with which they identify. Watch the video below to learn more.

 

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 

314

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Since 2014
Nearly 100% Graduation Rate

43

COLLEGE GRADUATES

Since 2018
90% College Enrollment Rate


 

— COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS —

STUDENT U EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

We are actively searching for our next Executive Director who will have the opportunity to help create a just and equitable Durham. We are searching for someone who can provide inspiring, visionary, and consistent leadership. This person should be a thought leader and champion of Student U’s vision, mission, and values to all stakeholders. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please view the full position profile at Student U Executive Director Packet.

Race, Class, and Privilege In Our Schools

Student U and Durham Public Schools Foundation co-hosted a virtual community conversation as a companion to DPS' Growing Together community engagement sessions. Together we learned more about the history behind past policies and their effect on Durham Public schools. We also processed how our racialized history and experiences show up and impact our school decisions.


 

— STUDENT U BLOG —

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