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WSSU to host Social Mobility Summit, April 2-3

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will bring together academic, community leaders, researchers and students to share knowledge at the Social Mobility Summit 2019. The summit, themed “Innovative Approaches on Campus and in the Community,” is April 2-3.

Anyone who is interested in positively impacting economic mobility and student success is invited to attend.

“WSSU is nationally recognized as one of the top universities for social mobility,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “The work Rams are doing academically and through research and community programs is positively impacting the health and well-being of our region. However, the decline of social mobility is a growing concern in America. Through the Social Mobility Summit, we hope to shed light on the challenges facing the lowest income groups in our communities and better understand actionable solutions that will change the lives of those most in need.”

Robinson, a national speaker on social mobility who will present the keynote at summit, said the work being done on campus at WSSU and in Forsyth County can serve as a blueprint for communities across the country who also are looking to improve upward mobility.

Additional speakers for the summit include: Anthony Graham, WSSU's provost and chief academic affairs officer; North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin; and Jim Wolfson, president of CollegeNET, creator of the Social Mobility Index (SMI).      

The summit also will highlight research supported through WSSU's Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) and include sessions led by CSEM Director Dr. Craig Richardson and WSSU faculty researchers.

The Social Mobility Summit is partially sponsored by CollegeNET. WSSU is one of only five universities in the nation that has consistently ranked among the top 20 schools on the SMI over the past five years. WSSU also has been named a CollegeNET Social Mobility Innovator for the past three years.

The summit is free; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the Social Mobility Summit webpage

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. 

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