Conference to Explore Developing Potential of Underrepresented Youth

Conference to Explore Developing Potential of Underrepresented Youth


Princeton, NJ–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–November 23, 2005–ETS and The Goldman Sachs Foundation will hold a two-day symposium Nov. 29-30 to examine issues and policies related to the progress and academic performance of high-potential, underrepresented students as they prepare for admission to the most selective colleges and universities.

The symposium, “Addressing Achievement Gaps: Developing High-Potential Youth,” will gather university leaders, business and foundation executives, scholars, and practitioners to discuss the latest data, analyses, and innovative ideas for policies and practices needed to enhance the preparation and intellectual strength of high-potential students.

Attendees will learn of both the achievements and challenges faced by students from various racial/ethnic groups and family incomes.

Among the topics covered will be expanding the pipeline to selective colleges and universities, and the roles of colleges and universities, foundations and businesses, and schools and communities in achieving this goal.

“Many underrepresented youth have the innate talent to qualify for admission and success in the most prestigious colleges and universities,” notes Michael Nettles, Vice President of ETS’s Policy Evaluation & Research Center. “Our aim is for more students to receive the encouragement and development required to prepare them to tap into their extensive academic potential. That will propel them toward applying to, and attending, selective colleges and universities.”

“Too many talented young people from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to access the enrichment and support opportunities that lead to high achievement,” says Stephanie Bell-Rose, President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation. “The talent is out there – all that needs to be done is to find and nurture it. This symposium will energize many of us to further support efforts on behalf of these youngsters.”

For additional information on the conference, or to attend, contact Amy Lallier, conference coordinator, 609-734-5058, Or visit the Web site at

The following are confirmed speakers for the conference:

— Allan Alson, Evanston Township Public High School and Minority Student Achievement Network

— Catherine Baldwin, London School of Economics

— Stephanie Bell-Rose, The Goldman Sachs Foundation

— Deborah Bial, The Posse Foundation

— Lee Bollinger, Columbia University

— Karen Bond, Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University

— Mecca Brooks, Collegiate Scholars Program at the University of Chicago

— Wayne Camara, College Board

— Governor Gaston Caperton, College Board

— Georgette DeVeres, Claremont McKenna College

— Carol Dwyer, ETS

— Pascal Forgione, Austin Independent School District

— Edmund Gordon, Teachers College of Columbia University

— Aileen Hefferren, Prep for Prep

— Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

— Jason Klugman, Princeton University Preparatory Program

— Kurt Landgraf, ETS

— Earl Lewis, Emory University

— James “Torch” Lytle, Trenton Public Schools

— Laura Murray, Homewood-Flossmoor School District and Suburban School Superintendents Association

— Loyiso Nongxa, University of the Witwatersrand

— Roberto Noya, Goucher College

— Jane O’Connell, Altman Foundation

— Lisa Quiroz, Time Warner

— Richard Rivera, I-LEAD Program at the Bank Street College of Education

— Richard Roberts, ETS

— Maxine Rodburg, Crimson Summary Academy at Harvard

— Ted Spencer, University of Michigan

— Lee Stetson, University of Pennsylvania

— Eugene Tobin, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

— Dylan Wiliam, ETS

— Joshua Wyner, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

The Goldman Sachs Foundation

The Goldman Sachs Foundation is a global philanthropic organization funded by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to promote excellence and innovation in education and to improve the academic performance and lifelong productivity of young people worldwide. It achieves this mission through a combination of strategic partnerships, grants, loans, private sector investments, and the deployment of professional talent from Goldman Sachs. Funded in 1999, the Foundation has awarded grants of $62 million since its inception, providing opportunities for young people in more than 20 countries.

Conference to Explore Developing Potential of Underrepresented Youth