UNCF and HBCUs are developing a pipeline of African American leaders in K-12 education
Derrick Spencer, Howard University
“K-12 education is important because it is the foundation of society. Mass incarceration, poverty, lack of access to healthcare; all of those problems are systemic problems that can be alleviated through education.”
The Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship Program is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. Our alumni leave the program ready to finish their degrees and make an impact on their communities. Here are some of our success stories.
“Now I feel even more equipped going into the future. I was able to gain connections in the field and people that are continuing to guide me along.”
“I want to be a clinical psychologist to stop the misdiagnosis of African American children. Kids are going to school everyday and not getting the same education. It motivates me more to continue my career goals.”
“I want to be the person that makes a change. I want to show minorities, specifically black males, we can do whatever we put our minds to. I want to figure out a way to inspire people to chase their passions, to chase their happiness and impact the world.