Senegal Mabry to speak at RTR residency year launch event

Senegal Alfred Mabry raises his hand during a panel discussion.
Senegal Alfred Mabry.

Senegal Alfred Mabry, assistant to the chancellor of the New York State Education Department and advisory board member of the Obama Foundation’s “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance,” will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming RTR residency year launch event.

Mabry, a master's in public administration student at Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs, will speak at 5 p.m. August 18 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 922 Park Avenue. His speech will be followed by a Q&A and reception.

Mabry will discuss how to lead the process of bringing equity into our classrooms and of ensuring that schools and organizations have high expectations for every young person. His speech, “Wishing You Well,” will provide teachers and administrators a greater vision of what it means to wish young people well across racial, economic and social differences.

He recently designed a tool with the Aspen Institute to help policymakers structure their interactions and engage with students on education policy. He understands the realities facing young people today because of his own experience as a young black male born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, New York. He has published on topics relating to student voice, student engagement and teacher preparation.

RTR (formerly the Richmond Teacher Residency), a program in the VCU School of Education, is an intensive, school-based teacher preparation program that integrates a research-supported approach for effective teaching with real-world classroom experience.

This event is open to the public, but everyone must RSVP here: Contact Evelyn Waddell at with questions. More information will be available soon.