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(RALEIGH, NC) ‐ Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin was a high‐profile presence at the NAACP’s Daisy Bates Summit held December 2‐4 in Raleigh.

Dr. McClaurin served on a key panel discussing the issues facing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as offering welcome remarks at the Saturday luncheon.

The panel, “Supporting HBCUs For Excellence,” brought together some of the nation’ leading expertson HBCUs and the challenges they face both financially and academically.  The discussion focused onmethods HBCUs might employ to improve retention and graduation, as well as equitable funding forHBCUs.

The discussion was moderated by Lenny Springs, member of the national Board of Trustees for the NAACP Special Contributions Fund.  Serving on the panel with Dr. McClaurin were Dr. Marybeth Gasman, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Harold L Martin, Sr., President of North Carolina A & T University; Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr., Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Dr. Ronald Mason, President of Southern State University.

The Daisy Bates Education Summit honors the late Daisy Bates, former president of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP and advisor in 1957 to the Little Rock Nine, the students who braved hostile opponents of integration to Central High School.

This year’ summit, with the theme “Preserving Public Education, Ensuring Student Success,” focused on securing access for disadvantaged and students of color to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and a college and career ready curriculum.






Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts University that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills. 


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