Theo Helm | July 12
Shavar Jeffries, president of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and a leading advocate for expanding public and accountable school-choice opportunities for underserved families, will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) on Saturday (July 15).
“We are delighted that Shavar has accepted our invitation to celebrate our graduates’ gifts to the children and communities we serve and their impact on the future of Catholic education,” said Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., the Hackett Family Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.
“Shavar has worked tirelessly to expand the choices that parents have for their children – especially those living in underserved and under-resourced communities. His efforts are a powerful witness to the belief that every child deserves the best education possible.”
Jeffries has been a vocal champion of the belief that children’s ZIP codes should not define their destinies. In 2010, he was elected to the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board and was then unanimously selected by his colleagues to serve as board president. He became president of DFER in September 2015.