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:


Niadiquay is the first in her family to graduate college. She used the power of education and her voice to achieve greatness. Now in the classroom, she is changing the learning environment to ensure one day all students succeed in college and beyond.


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Applications are open for our Summer Academy teachers!

We are very excited to announce that we are hiring for paid summer teaching positions at Student U during Summer 2020! Student U teachers work full-time in the summer, creating lesson plans, teaching their own classes and working collaboratively with other teachers to engage and inspire students.

Extended Deadline: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Restorative Practices in Education: Mindset, Theory, Practice

March 5-6, 2020 at The W.G. Pearson Center

Student U and Peaceful Schools NC are partnering to bring you a day and a half of Restorative Practices training. A full-day training on March 6 will support educators in confidently using a restorative model with students. Principals, administrators, and school leaders are invited to join us for a half-day workshop on March 5 focusing on both mindset and infrastructure that will allow Restorative Practices to thrive within a school.



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