DuBoisian World Scholars Society: Educational Empowerment amongst CMS Students
The Duboisian World Scholars Society (DWSS) is a student service organizational with a focus educational empowerment and social innovation implemented in the Project LIFT Learning Corridor in CMS Schools. The organization targets low-income minority students with various levels of academic achievement. The pedagogy utilized is based on best-practices utilized by Project LIFT, as well as models developed by Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem School Zone. The organization is composed of a network of support for West Charlotte Students, most comprised of Davidson College Students. Students are divided into 5 separate committees working to provide a cohesive curriculum allowing students agency in their own educational experiences: A Mentorship committee that works directly with students, drawing connections between traditional education and real world issues; a Data analytics committee that collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data to measure outcomes; a Community Relations committee, that facilitates communication between DWSS and community partners; a Development committee that secures funding for the organization; and an Alumni engagement committee that garners support from Davidson College alum. Ultimately, the goal of the organization is to utilize the resources of the Institution in a way that stimulates individual interest in CMS students, that eventually leads to social innovation.