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Patricia Kusimo


Patricia Kusimo

November 10th
6:00 PM
Memorial Student Center Shawkey Room

Maximizing the Achievement of Minority and Low-Income Students: What Families and Communities Must Do
Patricia Kusimo, CEO, West Virginia Center for Professional Development, sees education as the great equalizer, offering hope for children regardless of race, socio-economic status or gender. An experienced teacher, professor, researcher, and author, she is also a community activist, lobbyist, mentor, and advocate for West Virginia youth—especially African American and low income children. As one of the founding members of MAACK (Maximizing the Achievement of African American Children in Kanawha County), Dr. Kusimo worked tirelessly to create a community-based coalition that would bring attention and resources to African American and low income student achievement. This work led to the passage of the state’s most progressive educational mandate in years. She co-authored It Takes a School, and Closing the Achievement Gap through Culturally Responsive Schools.