'To College, Through College' summit to help students of color

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The local group To College, Through College Initiative hosted its annual summit in hopes to drive change for students of color and call onto the community to help them get to and navigate college successfully.

The summit, "Changing the Narrative," included highlights such as a keynote address from Dr. Bill Pink, a panel discussion of students, parents and school and college representatives and an update on the T2C Studio, Grand Rapids Center for College Success. 

During the summit on Thursday, March 5, representatives of To College, Through College discussed their plans for success with students, parents and local educators at the Kendall College of Art and Design in downtown Grand Rapids.

"It's not a one and done," said Dr. Rhae Ann Booker, chair of the To College, Through College Initiative.

"It's a journey when it comes to effectively working with our students and that means, spending time seeing students as individuals and better understanding their individual needs and collectively, as a community, leveraging our resources to address those needs."

To College, Through College works to bring together the Grand Rapids community to all Grand Rapids Public School students, particularly first generation students of color, to succeed in their post-secondary educational goals.

"We are missing out on tremendous talents and intellectual know-how when large segments of our society experience barriers to degree attainment," said Dr. Booker. "We aim to address those barriers and increase degree attainment for the betterment of our community."

For more information about the To College, Through College Initiative, meeting times and how you can help students, click here

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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