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AUC Graduates Launch Education Incubator

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Spelman College alumnae Karina Liles and Gayla Robbins and Morehouse alumnus Emmanuel Deas have co-founded Acceler8K12, an educational incubator for entrepreneurs who want to transform K-12 education. On May 9, 2016, the three will host the Atlanta Innovation Inaugural Meetup at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

“Our mission is to empower a community of problem solvers who are passionate about innovating K-12 education,” said Liles, a 2007 Spelman graduate in computer science, who is pursuing a doctorate in computer science and engineering, and has received a master’s both in educational technology and computer science and engineering from the University of South Carolina. “Our educational incubator will build a community of education professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovators to develop products and solutions for education.”

Liles, Robbins and Deas came up with Acceler8K12 after years of wishing for an organization that could help cultivate more education entrepreneurs in the K-12 markets, particularly in Atlanta. According to Liles, they would regularly speak to others who wanted the same opportunity. Finally, they adopted the Nike principle and just did it.

“It’s important to have an ecosystem of education entrepreneurs dedicated to transforming Atlanta’s K-12 schools,”said Robbins, who graduated from Spelman in 2007 with a degree in chemistry and later received a master’s degree in organizational and school leadership from Columbia University. “Having such a community allows for the leveraging of resources, insights, and inspirations that will ultimately increase academic performance and 21st century skills of Atlanta’s K-12 students.”

The Atlanta University Center graduates believe in the power of education, and standby the core values that an education is a pipeline to success. The trio hopes to bridge the entrepreneurial, technological and educational gap by bringing together like minds in meetup sessions.

“The three of us share the vision of an empowered community of problem solvers dedicated to innovate Atlanta’s K-12 schools,” said Deas, who graduated from Morehouse in 2001 with a degree in business management. “All of us have always had a passion for educating and delivering quality education to teach, and through our new venture we will help generations of learners.”

The Atlanta Education Innovation Inaugural Meetup is Monday, May 9, 2016, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. The price to attend is $10 if purchased by May 6 and $15 thereafter. Food and drinks are provided. To reserve your ticket, visit www.the liveconnect.com/Acceler8K12.

AUC CONSORTIUM COMMUNIVERSITY HOSTS FREE LEGAL FORUM FOR WEST ATLANTA COMMUNITY

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To assist west Atlanta residents with legal issues, COMMUniversity, a program of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, will host its second “Know Your Rights! Free Legal Information Forum,” Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clark Atlanta University Bishop Cornelius P. Henderson Student Center.

COMMUniversity, which represents a commitment by Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to reach the community, in partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, attorneys from Atlanta Legal Aid, and members of the Gate City Bar Association, will be on hand to provide free legal tips on expunging a criminal record; obtaining information for children’s rights, such as support payments and Individualized Educational Plans; defending against pushy debt collectors; understanding probates and wills; resolving disputes with difficult landlords; and managing encounters with the police.

Free and open to the public, this forum is one of many programs by COMMUniversity to connect the neighboring community with Atlanta University Center institutions. “We are pleased to offer a broad range of lifelong educational opportunities for our neighbors, including our legal forum,” said Dr. Sherry Turner, executive director for the AUC Consortium and COMMUniversity director. “To build a stronger community, the AUC Consortium and our member institutions are here to help our neighbors.”

For more information on the legal forum and other COMMUniversity events, visit auccommuniversity. org

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