Bright Futures

Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color

Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15

Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Rutgers University–Camden are proud to provide a forum to hear the voices, consider the struggles and examine the data of girls of color. This conference will explore how discrimination, structural and institutional barriers, and disparities in education disproportionately affect girls of color.

Because our nation's girls are graduating from high school at higher rates than boys, one could assume that they're doing just fine. But, that's not the reality for all girls. For girls of color, a different, more alarming narrative emerges. Data broken down by race and gender show that girls of color are, in fact, graduating at far lower rates than White girls and boys. And this disparity has pervasive educational and economic consequences that resonate for the rest of their lives.

The goal of the symposium is to begin to improve the economic and educational trajectory for our girls of color.

Watch Online

On Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, significant portions of the conference will be livestreamed. The links to those streams will be posted here as soon as they become available.

The following talks and panels will be livestreamed:

Thursday, April 14
6 to 8 p.m.

Welcome: Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University—Camden
Lenora Green, executive director, Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy, Educational Testing Service

Opening Keynote: Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO, YWCA


Friday, April 15
8:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Keynote: Maria Hinojosa, award-winning producer, journalist, and host of NPR’s Latino USA

Plenary Panel: Impact Giving for Girls of Color

Friday, April 15
10:30 to 11:45 a.m
Breakout Session: Disproportionate Punishment and Overrepresentation in Juvenile Justice  

Friday, April 15
12:15 to 1:30 p.m

Plenary Keynote: Helen Zia, award-winning author, community activist, and former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine

Plenary Panel: New York City Young Women’s Initiative

Friday, April 15
1:45 to 3 p.m
Breakout Session: Policy and Advocacy

Friday, April 15
3:15 to 5:15 p.m

Closing Plenary: 

  • From Data to Doing: Tools for Using Data to Transform Outcomes for Girls of Color
  • Reflections: Outlining What We Know and What We Need to Proceed  Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes: A Working Session
  • Bright Futures: A Charge to Improve Education and Transform Outcomes for Girls of Color

Questions? Contact Nyeema Watson, associate chancellor for civic engagement, at 856-225-6738.