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UW’s Jackson to visit White House to discuss My Brother’s Keeper initiative

October 21, 2014

UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson has been invited to the White House to discuss President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Jackson is the university’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and the director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

Jerlando F.L. Jackson
Jackson, who has studied black males in education for over a decade, was chosen to assist with this Presidential Initiative for previous and current work on the subject, including: co-editing the first issues of “Teachers College Record” and “American Behavioral Scientist” to focus on black males in education; co-hosting one of the first national conferences focused on black males in education; and serving as chair of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education.

“I am professionally and personally committed to helping education systems understand what they can do better to serve black males in education," says Jackson, a faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the White House.

Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative earlier this year to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Obama Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.