Birmingham 101 April event will host Ensley High School alumni panel to highlight the community and its connection to UAB

The fourth Birmingham 101 event, hosted by UAB’s Student Involvement and Leadership Organization, will focus on Ensley High School and its ties to UAB.

bham 101 streamThe final Birmingham 101 event of the spring semester will focus on the Ensley community, the development of Ensley High School and its ties to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Birmingham 101 series, presented by the Civic Engagement Committee of UAB’s Leadership and Service Council, is free and open to the public. The event will take place at the Ensley Live Loft on Tuesday, April 18, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. This will be the first Birmingham 101 event to be hosted in the community that is being featured.

The aim of the Birmingham 101 series is to broaden students’ experiences and knowledge of social justice issues of Birmingham’s diverse neighborhoods by using local high schools as a focal point. The common experiences panelists share as alumni of Ensley High School will generate discussion around the development of the school and community over time. The advantages and obstacles Ensley faces as a community serve as a microcosm of those facing all of Birmingham’s neighborhoods.

The alumni panelists will include:

  • Antonio Spurling – attorney at Antonio Spurling & Associates LLC

  • Marquita Spurling – local businesswoman and philanthropist

  • Jennifer Wycoff, Ed.D.  – program administrator at UAB Collat School of Business

  • Lonnie Hannon, Ph.D. – associate professor at Tuskegee University

  • Tony Petelos – Jefferson County manager and former mayor of Hoover

  • Monica Agee – attorney at Law Offices of Monica Agee

  • Angela Day, Ed.S. – coordinator of human capital at Birmingham City Schools

  • Charles Willis, Ph.D. – principal at G.W. Carver High School

David Dada, coordinator of the Leadership and Service Council at UAB’s Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, is pleased to offer students transportation to this event for the first time.

“We will provide transportation for students interested in going via the Blazer Express stop on the 16th Street side of the Blazer Circle,” Dada said. The bus is set to pick up students from the stop at 4:15 p.m. and leave the venue at 7:45 p.m.

  • April 18