Carter G. Woodson Institute for Leadership, Education Equity and Race Relations in America
Statement of Purpose
As part of our commitment to leadership, education equity, and race relations training, the Carter G. Woodson Academy (CGWA) wishes to announce the recently established, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Institute for Leadership Education Equity, and Race Relations in America (WI). The Student Government Association leads this initiative with Scholars Kristian Bolden Sippio (12th grade) and Sidney Stewart (10th grade) serving as Student Directors.
The WI is an effort to afford Fayette County Public School Scholars and the community at large with access to scholarly research, interdisciplinary study, discourse and debate, as well as advocacy on cutting-edge issues related to leadership, education equity, and race relations in America. WI's lectures, symposiums, brown-bag lunches, working group sessions and leadership retreats will include scholars, administrators, practitioners, staff members, parents, business leaders and community partners.
The WI will seek and attract the support of key community institutions that include media, businesses, government, community colleges, and universities, community-based, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. Not only will CGWA’s work collaborate with diverse groups of people, it will seek to secure cross-cultural understanding through community building, anti-racism/diversity training, conflict resolution, and educational equity initiatives.
Our approach to the WI’s work is a quinquennial mission to demonstrate the counter-narrative of males of color in public education, honor diverse experiences, motivate community stakeholders to promote positive change, dismantle negative stereotypes, and train emergent leaders—each is focused first on our campus, then onward toward our environs, and then upward across the public school system landscape both in and beyond Fayette County Public Schools.