Education Empowers Week

Date: February 16, 2015 - February 20, 2015
Location: East Lansing, MI

Sponsored by Teach for America, education Empowers Week (Feb. 16-20) sets out to inform and engage the student bodies and community members of the greater East Lansing/Lansing community about the education opportunity gap. Through different events each day, both communities will question and analyze what social, political, and economic factors have led to such tremendous disparities in opportunity.

It will be a time for students and professionals alike to see that they can make a difference. Throughout the week we will be inspired and moved to take action by the inequalities about which we are learning. Rather than feeling powerless in the face of injustice, we will identify the various ways in which we can be advocates and activists to end educational inequalities and close the opportunity gap. Teach For America, the sponsor for all of the events, seeks to facilitate an understanding that movements exist that are tackling these very issues and raising awareness, and every single person can be an advocate in their own way.

Below is the rundown of events and their respective MSU student organization facilitators. They are all free to attend. 
For any inquiries, please email Eric Savoie (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) unless noted otherwise for a specific event.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17: Film Screening: “Girl Rising” sponsored by James Madison College Office of Diversity Programming and MSU College Democrats
Description: Stories of nine girls from developing countries show them overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates.

Discussion Panel on Closing the Achievement Gap sponsored by Teach For America - Michigan State University
Description: Featuring well-renowned advocates for education in Michigan, this discussion panel will have a broad focus on the state of education with an emphasis on their own unique insights and ways in which citizens can help close the achievement gap. There will be time for open questions from attendees, as well as a time for mingling and networking at the end. Free snacks will be provided by Teach For America. 
Panelists include: 
- Donna Kaplowitz - Assistant Professor at MSU, former member of East Lansing School Board
- Lothar Konietzko - Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair at Everett High School
- Marcus Sumrall - Regional Recruitment Manager at City Year
- Nate Walker - K-12 Organizer & Policy Analyst at AFT Michigan
- Jeff Williams - CEO of Public Sector Consultants

THURSDAY, FEB. 19: Service at Lewton Elementary sponsored by Point at Michigan State University
Description: This is an opportunity for community members to take action and help volunteer at a local school. If interested, please contact Mara for a description of what opportunities are available.
RSVP: Mara Ohorodnik - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

FRIDAY, FEB. 20: Destination Lansing Service at The Boys & Girls Club
Description: We will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing to do various services and activities with the participants there, after that we tour a part of Lansing and than we end the day with dinner. Everything is FREE. Up to 20 people may volunteer. First-come first-serve. Must RSVP and fill out form by 2/16. 
RSVP: Eric Savoie - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25: Film Screening: “Best Kept Secret” sponsored by the James Madison College Student Senate
Description: A New Jersey schoolteacher named Janet Mino works tirelessly to ensure that her students with special needs reach their maximum potential. FREE PIZZA will be provided!”