Public School Forum of NC Study Group XVI

Elevating racial equity as an education imperative

This is the third in a series of five articles on expanding educational opportunity in North Carolina, culminating in the release on Thursday, October 20, of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI final report — Expanding Educational Opportunity in North Carolina: Action Plan and Recommendations. The author served as one of the co-chairs of the Study Group’s Committee on Racial Equity, along with Deena Hayes-Greene of the Greensboro-based Racial Equity Institute.

About the author

Alfred M. Mays is the program officer for Science Education and Diversity in Science at Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Prior to Alfred assuming this role, he served as an independent consultant with a service delivery that included strategic planning, project incubation, design and implementation of a number initiatives within education agencies and organizations. Alfred is the founder and strategist for EdSync Strategies LLC. He has served as the Assistant Director of the Collaborative Project, a 21st Century Program supported by the NC General. Other efforts include implementation of youth leadership and empowerment activities and the build out of STEM career awareness. Prior to joining the Collaborative Project, Alfred served public education as the Director of Information Resources Affairs and Director of Special Projects at the University of North Carolina – Office of the President. Alfred’s other experience includes service as a regional director for the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium (UNC-General Administration) and State Program Director within the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. He has been recognized for his contributions with many organizational successes to include Government Wide Best Practices. Alfred serves on the Board of Directors for the Public School Forum of NC and the Friends of the Museum (NC Museum of Natural Science) and resides in Apex, NC.