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African American/Black Student Success

House Bill 2016 directs the Department of Education (ODE) to develop and implement a statewide education plan for African American/Black students who are in early childhood through post-secondary education programs. The Department has convened an advisory group comprised of members of the African American/Black community and other community partners from across the state of Oregon to advise the Department on the creation and implementation of the plan.

The plan addresses:
  • The disparities experienced by African American and Black students in every indicator of academic success
  • The historical practices leading to disproportionate outcomes for the students
  • The educational needs of the students from early childhood through post-secondary education by examining culturally responsive and appropriate best practices in this state and across the nation

The Department will be awarding grants to early learning service providers, school districts, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to implement strategies developed in the plan.

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ATTENTION: Now Accepting Applications for the African American/Black Student Success Advisory Group

September 21, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is pleased to invite applications to serve on the ODE African American/Black Student Success Plan (AABSS) Advisory Group. The application deadline has been EXTENDED to September 30, 2021.

AABSS Advisory Group members have the opportunity to help shape policies and practices related to the education of African/African American/Black/African Diaspora students throughout Oregon. We are looking for individuals with experience, insight, and passion to advance successful experiences and outcomes for Oregon’s African/African American/Black/African Diaspora students. We are especially seeking voices from Central, Eastern, Southern, and Coastal Oregon, as well as community members representative of students, parents and caregivers, African immigrants, early childhood educators, and LGBTQIA youth.

If you are interested in serving on the AABSS Advisory Group, please submit a statement of interest using one of the following options:

We hope you will consider submitting your statement of interest to serve on the AABSS Advisory Group. In addition, we ask you to share this invitation broadly with your networks. We thank you for your service and look forward to working with you in this new capacity.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to with any questions you may have about this opportunity.

AABSS 2021-2023 Grantees

September 21, 2021

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2023 African American/Black Student Success Plan (AABSS) grants.

  • Airway Science for Kids, Inc.
  • African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO)
  • Black Parent Initiative (BPI)
  • Coalition of Black Men (COBM)
  • Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO)
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
  • Lane Education Service District
  • Multnomah Education Service District
  • Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (POIC)
  • REAP
  • Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI)
  • Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Washington County

For more information and contacts for the grantees, please visit our Directory page.

Advisory Group Meeting

September 21, 2021

There is an upcoming meeting of the African American/Black Student Success Advisory Group on October 26, 2021 from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. The Advisory Group is accepting public testimony. However, due to COVID-19 public testimony must be submitted in written form to Erin Rothweiler by 5:00p.m. the Thursday before the meeting.


Shelaswau Crier - Equity Education Specialist, African American/Black Student Success Plan Coordinator

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