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Volume40,Number32 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, April 10, 2014
Photos by Layla Harms
Dr. Bev. Emory speaks.
BY LAYLA GARMS
I MF. CHRONICLE .
When Dr. Bev Emory took her position as
superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth
County Schools last year, the Ministers
Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity was
one of the first community-based groups she
Emory reconvened with the group during
their weekly meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church
on Tuesday, where
she updated the
ministers and com
on progress the
school system has
questions and con
cerns on a variety
of subjects related
to public education
in the local sector.
the new superintendent, who has led the local
district for just over a year, about what WS/FCS
is doing to address what he regards as an "epi
demic" of disciplinary disparities districtwide.
"Statistically, according to my research,
since 2001, over 60 percent of the suspensions
and expulsions in Forsyth County have been
African American students," he said, adding that
that percentage increases greatly when other
students of color are added in. "...The dispro
portionality is unbelievably overwhelming. It's
undeniable on paper."
Emory said many of the issues that Parrish
referenced could be alleviated, in part, by meas
ures that address other factors that lead to disci
plinary problems, including literacy and pover
ty. Emory said she is already working to address
some of these underlying factors, through initia
tives such as a teacher workshop led by Eric
Jensen, author of "Teaching with Poverty in
Mind," that WS/FCS recently hosted. Emory
said she also plans to encourage the most highly
qualified leaders to helm the district's most eco
nomically disadvantaged schools and recruiting
educators, administrators and staff who are
more reflective of the system's demographics.
"We really need to do a better job of diversi
fying the staff in this system," she said.
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Humble Nigerian millionaire
shares his 'Journey'
BY L.AYLA CiARMS
One of Africa's wealthiest businessmen visit
ed Wake Forest University on April 1 to speak
candidly with students about the peaks and val
leys of his venerable career.
Hakeem Belo-Osagie, chairman of the
Nigerian operations of Etisalat, the country's
fastest growing mobile telecom network,
addressed an audience of students, faculty and
community members at the Broyhill Auditorium
as part of the school's "Journeys to Success"
Belo-Osagie's well documented humility
was evident during his remarks and the subse
quent question and answer period.
"1 never had a grand plan as such," he said
when asked about his life goals early on. "This
is how things worked out."
The "Journeys" series brings distinguished
speakers to campus to discuss their journeys to
success, explained Alta Mauro, director of the
Office of Multicultural Affairs, which hosts the
events with the help of the School of Business,
the Office of Personal and Career Development,
the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the
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Photo by Lay la Claims
Hakeem Belo-Osagie is among Africa's richest men.
Rollins Along Splendidly
WSSU's clinic on
those out of reach
BY LAYLA GARMS
Since its inception over
three years ago, Winston
Salem State University's
Rams Know HOW
(Healthcare On Wheels)
Mobile Clinic has served
thousands across the commu
nity and beyond, providing
hundreds of thousands of dol
lars worth of medical care
that leaders of the program,
which is supported by a part
nership between the universi
ty and Novant Health, say
may not have been delivered
at all, if not for the clinic.
"Through this partner
ship. we have seen so many
people who had no health
insurance and who are under
insured," stated Dr. Peggy
Valentine, dean of the School
of Health Sciences at WSSU.
"This mobile clinic has really
bridged the gap for so many
people in the East Winston
community. It's really kept
people out of the emergency
room and kept them healthy."
Rams Know HOW is
poised to expand its impact
even further. Novant officials
recently signed on to support
the project for the next four
years, extending its reach
through fall 2018.
"It fits right in with
(Novant's) strategic frame
work. and it helps the univer
sity further its mission for
community engagement, so
it's a win-win all the way
around," Valentine said of the
partnership. "... We're so
grateful to have had this
opportunity, and we look for
ward to taking it to the next
level in the next four years."
Over the course of its first
three years, the clinic, which
is staffed by students and fac
ulty members, has served
over 4,000 patients, provid
ing services ranging from
blood pressure checks to cho
lesterol and diabetes screen
ings and educating the com
munity about health risks
such as obesity and how to
address or minimize them.
The clinic draws students
from across the School of
Health Science's five disci
plines. offering an unprece
dented opportunity for inter
disciplinary learning, said
nursing professor Dr.
Joanette Pete McClain.
"Diabetes doesn't affect
an individual in isolation, so
we don't teach in isolation,"
remarked McClain. citing
one of the many chronic dis
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Above: The Rams Know
HOW clinic has served
thousands of clients.
Left: l)rs. George Harwell
and Joanette Pete McClain
with nursing student
Kimberly Harris (left).
Black lawmakers target poverty
Photos by Layla Oarma
G I a d m a n ,
BY LAYLA GARMS
Five decades after President Lyndon Johnson
declared War on Poverty, the issue still plagues
Winston-Salem and communities across the United
States, despite its continued place among the richest
nations in the world.
Leaders from across the community and state came
together last week, to discuss the issue and create a plan
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