Saturday, 09 May 2020 01:04

UNCP's Dr. Leslie Locklear appointed to state education task force

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PEMBROKE — Dr. Leslie Locklear, the FATE project coordinator at UNC Pembroke, has been appointed to serve on Gov. Roy Cooper’s DRIVE Task Force.

The task force to Develop a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE) will focus on improving equity and inclusion in education and will submit a report to the governor with recommendations to reach that goal. 

Locklear will serve as the Recruitment Sub-Committee co-chair. At UNCP, Locklear serves as program coordinator for the First Americans Teacher Education program and First Americans Educational Leadership program. Additionally, she serves as the co-chair of the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization Adult Advisory Committee.

The task force is comprised of parents, educators, administrators, education advocates, representatives of state and local government, representatives from the University of North Carolina System and North Carolina Community College System, and employers with a presence in North Carolina. The Hunt Institute, an affiliate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, will provide facilitation and research support for the task force. 

“North Carolina is committed to living up to our responsibility to deliver a quality education to every student in every county,” Cooper said in a statement. “This group of experts knows how to tackle the inequities across our state in order to ensure quality education.”