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 —

Imani is a rising 7th grader at Student U. This is her first Summer Academy and she is excited to share her brilliance in person and build relationships with her peers and teachers. Watch Imani’s story to learn more about Imani, her dreams, and her first week at Summer Academy. Interview by Daiana and Leyla - Student U High School Interns

 

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

43

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.

LIFE BEYOND STUDENT U VIRTUAL TOUR

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Are you curious about what our students are doing after they make it through our 11-year program?  If so, please join us on the Life Beyond Student U Virtual Tour (via Zoom)! You will learn more about Student U programming with staff and student interviews highlighted, including a live Q & A.


 

— STUDENT U BLOG —

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