Instead of getting a complete list of steps to fix educational opportunity gaps, students who attended Robyn Fehrman's lecture Tuesday night were introduced to the intrinsic complexities of creating a better educational system.
Fehrman, executive director of Teach for America for eastern North Carolina, was invited to campus by APPLES — UNC's student-led program that seeks to connect academic learning and public service. She spoke of her experience working on educational equity following her time at UNC.
“It’s not a silver bullet, it’s not one thing that it takes to make real change in the world," Fehrman said. "It takes a whole ecosystem — lots of things working together in order to make change."
Radha Patel, organizer of APPLES' Alumni Speaker Series, said she hoped the audience would leave Fehrman's talk with a deeper understanding of North Carolina's problematic state of education.
“We are going to talk a little bit around what our hypothesis is on why we, specifically, are having a significant inequitable education in eastern North Carolina," Fehrman said.