The Twenty-Second Annual African- American Centers for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Symposium is on May 29th, 2018 at University of Pittsburgh 120 Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15260 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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The deadline to register for the AACAS Symposium is May 18.

This Symposium is organized by the AACAS Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is a representative group of African American gifted and talented students from each of the nine high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. We meet monthly and are guided and sponsored by Dr. Wayne N. Walters, Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development and Special Programming for PPS. The group was established in 1992 to support and encourage AACAS students across the district to strive for excellence and create a system of support for an underrepresented population in CAS programs. We have dedicated ourselves to our education and the positive representation of African-American gifted and talented students throughout the nation. We also devote ourselves to remembering the gifts and talents that must be shared for the betterment of future generations and as a tribute to our ancestors who have paved the way.

One of our culminating activities is the organization and delivery of an annual Symposium for 600+ AACAS Pittsburgh Public School students. The symposium’s theme is “Change the Perception to Move in the Right Direction” and will consist of student workshops, guest speakers, and a teen forum.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Opening Ceremony 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
  • First Workshop 10:25 – 11:05 a.m.
  • Second Workshop 11:10 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Lunch 11:55 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
  • Teen Forum 12:45 – 1:25 p.m.
  • Closing 1:25 – 1:30 p.m.