Hank & Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute
Duke University’s Cook Center Holds 2018 Young Scholars Capstone Conference
On July 30, 2018, the Duke University Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity hosted its fourth annual Capstone Conference for the approximately 60 middle and high school students from Durham Public Schools who participated in this year’s Young Scholars Research Institute.
Each year students are responsible for producing either a group presentation, research poster, or research paper. This year’s student projects ranged from studies on the effects of gentrification on low-income students to sexual assaults and fraternity culture.
Keynote speaker Reginald Bean, the vice president of culture, engagement and stewardship for Coca-Cola Consolidated, spoke to the students about embracing their beginnings and using that to motivate them in the future.
Also present were media and television icon Mrs. Billye Suber Aaron, for whom the program is named along with baseball legend Hank Aaron, and the family of Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, for whom the Cook Center is named.
“I believe that the YSSRI is doing instrumental work by helping youth of color, queer youth, and poor youth understand that their stories and passions have a place in the academy. In fact, it is what they have to offer that the academy is missing and in desperate need of,” says recent Duke alum, Michael J. Ivory Jr., who co-taught the second-year cohort this summer.
Program Dates: July 8, 2019 — July 26, 2019 (Mon. - Thurs. first two weeks; Friday session required July 26, 2019); Capstone Conference and Conference Rehearsal: July 29, 2019 (2019 Capstone Conference to be held at the Duke University Penn Pavilion - 107 Union Drive, Durham, NC 27710)
Cost: FREE. Transportation will be provided to and from the program each day. Families are also welcome to provide transportation. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided to participants while on-site. Classroom materials for the duration of the program will be provided.
Eligibility: Applicants to the Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute must be currently enrolled in the Durham Public School System (DPS) entering grades 8-10. Students will be selected by a committee of DPS and Cook Center representatives based on the statement of interest and teacher recommendations.
Application Process/Checklist: Deadline February 28, 2019 Parent/Guardian and student must complete the Application Form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Apply here.
Video produced by Mohamad Chamas and Rahima Rahi, with guidance from Bruce Orenstein, Artist in Residence with the Samuel Dubois Cook Center On Social Equity, documenting the Cook Center's Young Scholars Summer Research Institute.
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity’s Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute is a three-week educational enrichment program that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) in Durham, North Carolina, with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills. The program is sponsored by the Samuel Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University in partnership with Durham Public Schools (DPS). In keeping with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center’s central mission as a community of scholars engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality, participants will explore curriculum related to the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of inequality. During the Hank and Billy Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, students receive instruction from distinguished middle and high-school teachers, university professors, and leaders from community organizations. The program’s main focus is on the development of students’ research, writing, presentation, and critical-inquiry skills around issues of social justice. Students design and prepare original research presentations, posters, and papers focused on policy issues that affect inequality. Program material is selected by the teaching faculty in collaboration with Cook-Center scholars, focusing on various inequalities and their intersections. Emphasis is placed throughout the program on mentoring students in research, writing, and presentation skills. During the Hank and Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, students participate in workshops at Duke University’s Perkins and Rubenstein Libraries and the Nasher Museum of Art.
Enhance student research, writing, and presentation skills within an academically high-achieving environment
- Facilitate student ownership of learning and develop tools for critical inquiry
- Foster collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the causes and consequences of inequality
- Facilitate student production of individual research related to the varied causes and consequences of inequality and possible remedies for achieving equity and social justice (involving the intersections of class, income, wealth, gender, race, health, law, employment, and education)
- Identify and recruit the next generation of scholars engaged in the study of causes and consequences of inequality and design of remedies for addressing group-based disparities and conflicts
Program Administration and Faculty
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
- William A. Darity Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University is the senior administrator for the program. Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap.
Durham Public Schools
- Daniel Kelvin Bullock, Executive Director for Equity Affairs with Durham Public Schools, is the program liaison to the school system, working alongside the Cook Center staff to identify teachers and develop program curriculum.
About Durham Public Schools
Durham Public Schools serves more than 33,000 students in 54 schools across the city and county. Student-participants in the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute must be currently enrolled in Durham Public Schools and entering the eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade. Schools in the district in which eligible students may be enrolled include:
- Brogden Middle School
- Carrington Middle School
- Githens Middle School
- Lakewood Montessori Middle School
- Lowe's Grove Magnet Middle School
- Lucas Middle School
- Neal Magnet Middle School
- Rogers-Herr Year-Round Magnet Middle School
- Shepard International Baccalaureate Magnet MS
- Durham School of the Arts
- The School for Creative Studies
- City of Medicine Academy
- Hillside High School
- Hillside New Tech High School
- Holton Career & Resource Center
- J.D. Clement Early College High School
- Jordan High School
- Middle College High School at DTCC
- Northern High School
- Riverside High School
- Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
- The Durham Performance Learning Center
Young Scholars in the News
"Young Scholars Summer Research Institute Highlights Local Student Research On Inequality"
Monday, August 14, 2017
Student participants in the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity Young Scholars Summer Research Institute presented research projects before more than 200 parents, Duke faculty and staff and teachers and administrators from Durham Public Schools, at the program’s capstone conference July 31 at the Nasher Museum of Art.
The presentations culminated the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, a three-week instructional program sponsored by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke in partnership with the Durham Public School System (DPS) for students in grades 8-11.
In keeping with the Cook Center’s central mission as a community of scholars engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality, the institute develops students’ writing and research skills and identifies and recruits the next generation of scholars concerned with the causes and consequences of inequality and the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Students explore the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of inequality during the institute under the direction of middle and high school Durham Public School System teachers, university professors and Cook Center researchers.
William A. Darity Jr., founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke, paid tribute to the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity’s three-year collaboration with Durham Public Schools in his welcoming address.
“The summer institute is designed to provide young scholars with the opportunity to investigate a wide range of issues involving inequality and social inequity with an eye towards trying to think about ways in which we can change those conditions,” Darity said.
A advocate of higher education, Billye S. Aaron of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation delivered the program’s keynote address.
“From the time we are born, to the time that we die, we are learning,” Aaron said. “We are learning lessons that will carry us throughout our lifetime. Learning is a constant… and that is why the Young Scholars are here today.”
Read the full article here.
Sylvia F. Cook talks with Cook Center summer research students at the July 31 capstone event. Keynote speaker Billye S. Aaron is also pictured.
"Young Scholars Summer Research Institute Helps Durham Youth Develop Writing, Research Skills"
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Through the Young Scholars Summer Research Institute, Durham Public School students in grades eighth, ninth and 10th spent two weeks developing writing and research skills and learning about the intersection of wealth, racial, legal, housing, gender, and educational Inequalities as well as their impact locally and globally. The institute is sponsored by the Duke University Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity and facilitated by DPS teachers, university professors and guest speakers from community organizations in Durham.