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Loyola plays host to summit on educational outcomes for blacks

WESTCHESTER — Students, educators and key figures in the White House initiative to improve educational outcomes for African-American students gathered at Loyola Marymount University Oct. 28 to focus on strategies for success in higher education and the global labor market.

The White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans included remarks from Loyola graduate Effie Brown, a producer for HBO’s “Project Greenlight.”

Brown — who has been in the spotlight for challenging Matt Damon, one of the show’s executive producers, for his comments about diversity —spoke on the value of inclusion.

David Johns, executive director of the White House initiative, moderated a panel discussion among students and alumni from LMU, UCLA and USC. Other speakers included Natalie Wheatfall, a policy analyst with The Education Trust-West, and LMU Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Hellige.

President Barack Obama established the initiative in 2012 to ensure African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college and productive careers. The White House educational summits offer opportunities for discussions to take place around the country.