Hosted by the University of the District of Columbia
Anacostia High School is located in one of D.C.’s most economically disenfranchised neighborhoods. School leaders, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and local, federal, and corporate partners are investing in the neighborhood’s abundant talent with the intention of inspiring and facilitating the careers of future climate change leaders.
Through three years of investments, Anacostia High School is home to green houses, hydroponics systems, urban gardens, outdoor classrooms, and rain water retention areas, which serve as a learning lab. The project, known as the Community-to-Career Partnership in the Developing America’s Workforce Nucleus (DAWN) initiative, is a major part of UDC’s strategic plan and is designed as a pilot for a replicable national model.
Participants will travel to Anacostia High School to discover the importance of investing in K-12 talent and community in Black, Brown, and economically disenfranchised neighborhoods. Participants will first tour and the Green (Climate Change) Learning Labs. They will then gather for a panel discussion that demonstrates the value of bringing together a diverse set of partners and explore the dynamics and outcomes of some of the community-university collaborations.