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Davenport Discussion: Accessibility to Quality Education

SPP alumna Evelyn Aleman (MPP '00), founder and president of Media Image Public Relations  will lead the School of Public PolicyDavenport Discussion seminar in SPP Rm 179 on the Drescher Graduate Campus on Tuesday, November 21, at noon. This session will be the final discussion of the Fall 2017 semester.

Aleman will speak on the topic of accessibility to quality education: One out of every two youth under the age of 25 in California is Latino, with more than 3 million (54%) attending the state's K-12 public schools. On the 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, which sought to end racial segregation in schools, many Latino and African American students still attend some of the most segregated schools in the country, and academically lag behind their non-Latino peers.

What are some of the challenges faced by these students today in their accessibility to a high-quality, equitable education? Is education truly the great equalizer? Is that so for Latinos?

Media Image Public Relations is a communications agency specializing in grassroots public relations with a public policy perspective. Aleman's work has focused on issues pertaining to health, education, the environment, small business development, financial empowerment, asset building, and community development. Aleman was the recipient of the 2016 SPP Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Each semester at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute hosts a series of lunchtime Davenport Discussions with practitioners, journalists, innovators, and researchers who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government to the outlook for cities in a state budget crisis and much more. These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field but to ask questions and make personal connections as well. For more information contact Sarah Axen.

Lunch will be served.

All Davenport Discussion sessions are eligible for one (1) Professional Development credit for School of Public Policy students.