United Way partner agency Latino Memphis and long-time United Way collaborating organization Leadership Memphis are involved in an important meeting of city mayors on post-secondary education success later this week.
The Mayoral Convening on Post-Secondary Success includes a panel from Memphis Talent Dividend including David Williams, President/CEO of Leadership Memphis.
The City of Memphis will also host a Mayoral Convening about Post-Secondary Success sponsored by the Lumina Foundation. The Lumina Foundation has set a goal for 60% of the American population to have a high quality secondary degree by 2025.
City mayors from around the country were selected for the Convening based on their city receiving a Latino Student Success grant from the Lumina Foundation. Memphis is the recipient of a Latino Student Success grant through a partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and a number of local institutions including Latino Memphis, Memphis Talent Dividend, Memphis City Schools and Southwest Tennessee Community College.
The Lumina Foundation is providing $7.2 million over a four-year period to 12 partnerships in 10 states with significant and growing Latino populations, including Tennessee. The Latino Student Success grant leverages community leaders across key sectors to create sustainable place-based efforts for increased post-secondary success for Latino Students.
To learn more about the Memphis-focused Latino Student Success grant and the projects from other cities across the nation, visit this site.
In addition to city mayors, the Convening will also host Jamie Merisotis, President of the Lumina Foundation; Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter. There will also be a session facilitated by the National League of Cities and the group will hear directly from Memphis officials working on last dollar scholarships, higher education collaboration and the Talent Dividend.