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Gateway2Change's concluding Student Summit

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald




Gateway2Change’s concluding Student Summit scheduled for Friday


(March 8, 2017) St. Louis, MO… The Gateway2Change final Student Summit on Race of the 2016-17 school year is this Friday, March 10 at the Cross Cultural Center at St. Louis University (3672 West Pine Boulevard) from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

During the summit, student leaders will deliver presentations that outline their solutions to real-life problems presented to them from local businesses and organizations. When Gateway2Change met in November, these businesses and organizations outlined challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity.

Students have worked with a sibling school over the last few months to collaborate on solutions and create presentations to address the challenges posed to them during the November summit.  Businesses and organizations participating in the summit include 1st Financial Credit Union, Build-A-Bear, Children’s Miracle Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.

“The students had a great year of learning problem-solving methods, collaborating with students from sibling schools and engaging in courageous conversations around racial and equity issues that exist in our communities,” said Dr. Jennifer Tiller, Chief Academic Officer at EducationPlus. “This experience will give them the valuable skills to become agents of change within our community.”

The Student Summits on Race are being led by two national recognized speakers, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn from Ohio State University and Mr. Joe Beckman, a national youth motivator. Dr. Strayhorn and Mr. Beckman are leading more than 350 high school students representing 38 area high schools in their efforts to become leaders for positive change in their community.

Gateway2Change was created after the tragic events unfolded in Ferguson as a unique approach to help young people have courageous conversations about the racial divide in St. Louis and create a plan to affect positive change. CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus, is leading the efforts to coordinate the Gateway2Change movement.

Gateway2Change Student Summits on Race are supported in part by Emerson. For more information visit or contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or



Additional information about the Facilitators:

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is a Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU) where he also serves as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). Dr. Strayhorn is the author of eight books, over 100 articles and book chapters and more than 150 papers. Dr. Strayhorn has been named one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education” by BusinessFirst Magazine and recognized as “one of the most highly visible new scholars in his field” by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Mr. Joe Beckman is an international youth motivational speaker from Minneapolis who has spoken in over 1,000 schools and has impacted over a quarter of a million students, educators, and parents in the U.S. alone. Joe has shared his message on international stages, such as keynoting the IM4U’s National ReachOut Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Local High Schools participating in Gateway2Change:

Affton High School

Belleville East High School

Belleville West High School

Brentwood High School

Cleveland NJROTC Academy

Collinsville High School

Confluence Prep Academy

Eureka High School

Fox High School

Francis Howell Central High School

Francis Howell High School

Francis Howell North High School

Holt High School

Kirkwood High School

Ladue High School

Lafayette High School

Marquette High School

McCluer High School

McCluer North High School

McCluer South-Berkeley High School

Mehlville High School

Normandy High School

Orchard Farm High School

Parkway North High School

Parkway South High School

Parkway West High School

Ritenour High School

Riverview Gardens High School

Rockwood Summit High School

St. Charles High School

St. Charles West High School

St. Louis University High School

Seckman High School

Soldan International Studies High School

University City High School

Windsor High School