Monday, February 15, 2016 - "Tested" Film Screening

The Center for Academic Access and Opportunity (CAAO) and Education Studies at Suffolk University are hosting a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary film "Tested" (2015) on Monday, February 15, from 4:00-6:00pm at the new Somerset Building (20 Somerset St, Room B18, Boston MA, 02108).

The film explores the impact on underrepresented groups of high stakes testing for entrace into New York City's few elite public schools. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Curtis Chin (writer, director, and producer), along with Lisa Guisbond (author and Assessment Reform Analyst at the National Center for Fair & Open Testing in Cambridge, MA), a parent advocate from the Boston Publics Schools, and Dr. Matthew Jerram from the Psychology Department at Suffolk University. CAAO's director, Dr. Carmen Veloria, will facilitate the discussion.

For questions, please contact Marty Elmore at (617) 994-6860 or by email at:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Speaker: Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer

Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer will speak to members of the Suffolk University community on effective practices for working with low-income, first generation college students. Dr. Savitz-Romer is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of the Prevention Science and Practice Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to college access and retention for low-income and first generation college students. 

She is the co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success (Harvard Education Press 2012).

To learn more about Dr. M. Savitz-Romer, visit her faculty profile here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit

LEAD: The broad spectrum of researchers, teaching professionals and educators, academics, scholars, administrators, independent writers and artists, policy and program specialists, students, parents, families, civic leaders, activists, and advocates. In short, these sharing a common interest and commitments to educational issues that impact Latinos.

The LEAD organization serves as a primary site for a set of innovative and productive programs, publications and events in Latinos and Education. These projects involve significant participation of faculty, students, and administrators, as well as, Latin Americans and Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas and the world, many of whom are already in contact with LEAD personnel and the university.

In short, our purpose is to promote a broad-based awareness of the crisis in Latino education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of our community's educators, administrators, leaders, parents, and students. 

This year, the theme of the LEAD Summit will be: "Black Brown Indigenous Unity"

Learn more about lead at their website: