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School of Education | White House Convening

Connecting the Dots: Cultural Competence, Counseling, and College and Career Readiness of Underserved Youth

The White House Convening in Washington, DC:

October 28-30, 2016 (Friday to Sunday) at American University.

Students in classJoin members of state teams, consisting of school counselors, college counseling professionals, educators, state agency leaders, policy makers, and workforce/business leaders, at the American University to examine and explore the intersections of “cultural competence,” counseling and college and career readiness of underserved youth.

Building on previous convenings, this convening intends to initiate and deepen conversations on how best to promote equitable college and career readiness outcomes of students who historically are underrepresented on college campuses, in the workforce, and in STEM fields.


Key Questions

How does the cultural responsiveness and competence of school counselors and college access professionals drive successful CCR outcomes of underserved youth?

What CCR strategies are successful and effective when counseling/advising underserved youth?

How can greater cultural competence assist in creating more effective systems to better serve the CCR needs of underserved youth?

What metrics should districts, states, schools utilize to ensure equity across diverse groups of students, particularly underserved youth?



State teams will

  • build upon past convening knowledge and determine how their teams can set a path forward for addressing the unique needs of specific populations of students, particularly students that have been historically underserved.
  • explore and practice how to implement “courageous conversations” about equity and cultural differences to drive successful CCR outcomes for underserved youth.
  • develop systemic action plans including metrics and culturally responsive strategies, for districts, states, businesses, and training programs.
  • determine policy implications when focused on the CCR needs of underserved youth.


Who Should Attend

State teams can send up to three (3) attendees to DC, with the possibility of sending an extra attendee if space allows. Attendees should have one of the following roles or characteristics:

  • State education and/or school counseling leader with ability to make decisions regarding educator/counselor training and/or professional development
  • Interest and/or training in factors related to education, college, and career disparities
  • Business, organization or community leader interested in diversifying workforce and workforce development programming
  • School-based counselor and/or college access professional currently working in high minority and/or high poverty schools


Registration & Hotel

Step 1: State leads complete the registration form by September 29th, including the names and contact information for three (3) state team members/participants:

Step 2: Make hotel reservations (Omni Shoreham Hotel, $139 per night). Please book by September 29, 2016 for the low event rates! Attendees can also make their reservations by calling the main reservations line, 1-800-THE-OMNI, and asking for the “American University, College of Arts & Sciences” room block.



Please contact:

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Vivian Lee

Convening sponsors: Reach Higher, The White House, NCSCPS