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Welcome to W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute

About Us

Since its inception in 1988, the mission of the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute has been to develop a cadre of leaders/scholars with a commitment to eliminate poverty, racism, and inspire hope in communities that have experienced historical barriers to achievement and opportunity.

Our goal is to produce leaders that are committed to engaging their talents in the study of complex problems and to the prospect of contributing their abilities to the betterment of others. In keeping with the teachings of W.E.B. DuBois, we believe that the most effective leadership will come from our best and brightest minds. Recognizing that high achieving youth most likely will be the future problem solvers, they are the best sources of hope.

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DuBois LectureWe believe that an effective leader must be committed to working with others to achieve common goals. The academic as well as residential components of the Institute stress the importance of collaborative learning and problem solving. Therefore, the process of analysis in problem solving is emphasized across the curriculum. The development of youths’ leadership and scholarship potential can be best attained using a curriculum structured for intellectual acceleration rather than remedial instruction. Thus, the curriculum for each component of the Institute is designed to cultivate students’ emotional and intellectual strengths and to sensitize them to the importance of their present and future contributions to the welfare of their communities.