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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.

Announcements (2020-2021)

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The American/Black Student Success Advisory Group meets on the first Friday of every month. There is an upcoming meeting on March 5, 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.

The African American/Black Student Success team is excited to announce a new Request for Application (RFA) for the 2021-2023 Biennium. Please check back mid-April for more information.


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

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