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Inaugural Duquesne University School of Education Canevin Sizemore Youth Conference

May 27, 2015

Conference Flyer

The Duquesne University School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative hosted its Inaugural Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Youth Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "The Right to an Excellent Education for all Children: Do We Have the Will?."

This conference was designed to bring together Duquesne University educators and local 10th and 11th graders to engage and build excitement about science, technology, engineering and math content areas to get students motivated to excel in these disciplines.

If you would like more information on our Sizemore Youth Conference which builds on the legacy and work of Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore, please call 412.396-1852.

  • Dr. Christopher Emdin, Columbia University, Inaugural Sizemore Youth Conference Speaker.
  • Dr. Christopher Emdin, Columbia University,  addressing an audience of over 150 tenth and eleventh graders regarding how their urban identity can pair with their academic identity in order for them to become fully comfortable with a career that they love. He illustrated an example that he is a hip hop scientist.
  • Chaperone, Mr. Ronell Heard, Imani Christian Academy, looks on to gather new ideas which he can use in the classroom to engage his teen learners.
  • Dr. Jerome Taylor, University of Pittsburgh, (Friend of Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore), enjoyed the unique approach that Dr. Emdin and Mr. Jabari Johnson provided to help student’s embrace their identities as urban scholars.
  • Ms. Janet Harris, Duquesne University Admissions Department, shared information with students during the networking break on applying to Duquesne University as freshmen.
  • Mrs. Patricia McCready, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, helped tenth and eleventh graders who attended the conference understand the importance of researching the difference between loans, grants and scholarships.
  • Mrs. Alison Wojcik, Duquesne University Financial Aid Department, spends time explaining tuition rates, university fees and other costs associated with applying for college.
  • Mr. Reginald Bridges, Duquesne University, Learning Skills Center, networks with conference attendees and provides information on The Summer Institute.  The Summer Institute provides opportunities for high school students to stay on campus during the summer and earn credits towards their college degree.
  • Mr. Jabari Johnson accompanied Dr. Christopher Emdin to Duquense University to showcase his oratory skills as academic rapper.  Mr. Jabari Johnson was the winner of the B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching and Learning Science) contest. B.A.T.T.L.E.S. was conceived at the Columbia University Teachers College as a way to keep students engaged in school and in science.
  •  Mr. Jabari Johnson, Columbia University Teachers College, demonstrates his lyrical genius as he raps science formulas with precision.
  • Dr. Christopher Emdin was gracious in allowing students to take pictures and personally network with him and Mr. Jabari Johnson during the luncheon hour.
  •  Dr. Launcelot Brown, Sizemore Professor, proudly wears a t-shirt designed by the students in the Sizemore Pipeline at Pittsburgh Brashear Teaching Academy.  Dr. Christopher Emdin and Mr. Jabari Johnson, Columbia University Teachers College, were excellent speakers for our first annual Sizemore Youth Conference!