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The conference highlighted the groundbreaking research of Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education.

Pictured: Leslie Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education.

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More than 200 congressional representatives and educators met on Capitol Hill under the leadership of the School of Education, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Open Society Institute to find ways to bolster education and social outcomes for African-American males. The conference highlighted the groundbreaking research of Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education. During the forum, experts provided revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act and offered recommendations to the education funding provisions outlined in President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia and the first woman to lead an African nation, visited the campus and discussed her new book—This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President.

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center and the Women Ambassadors Foundation sponsored the 14th Annual Women Ambassadors Conference. The conference featured ambassadors from various parts of the world who presented their views on this year’s topic, “Expectations for a New Language of Diplomacy in the Obama Era.”

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Children from the Howard University Hospital Child Development Center were treated to a tour of two floors in the White House, including the dining room where the First Family entertains guests and one of the president’s meeting rooms.

The NASCAR Kinetics program held a sports panel featuring Marc Davis, the WHUR-FM 96.3 sponsored racer and the only African-American NASCAR racer; Brandon Thompson, diversity manager for NASCAR; Talia Mark, a national account executive for NASCAR; and others.

Blaine Robertson, of Reserve, La., is the 2009 winner of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride Scholarship,” which covers full tuition, room and board and books up to 10 semesters. Robertson, who was selected from more than 500 applicants for the scholarship, plans to attend Howard in the fall.

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