About the Center

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Children and families in urban communities throughout the United States are currently being underserved by the public school system and are consequently limited in their ability to achieve the goals they have set for themselves, their families, and their communities. The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education Excellence (CUEE) was established in 1996 by Dr. Lisa Delpit to provide a “city-wide laboratory for the development of excellence in urban education.” Since its inception, the CUEE has served the southeast region of the nation as an interdisciplinary outreach, research, and educational support and development hub aimed at continuing the legacy of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim.

It is the mission of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence to extend Dr. Crim’s vision by optimizing the life opportunities of children and families in urban communities by ensuring the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment. We believe that through our work we can create a world where all children have equal access to educational opportunities that prepare them to be academically excellent, culturally competent, and critically conscious.


The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence implements programming aimed at creating pathways to success for individuals served by urban schools and communities. Our outreach programs include: The Atlanta Housing Authority’s Good Neighbor Program, The African American Male Initiative, The Early College Program, Girls Who Code, Jumpstart, and Technology, Environment and Mathematics (TEAM) AmeriCorps. The CUEE also provides program incubation opportunities to community members interested in developing effective community outreach initiatives.


The CUEE generates research, policy briefs, and white papers aimed at deepening the community’s understanding of the practices, systems, and structures that nurture urban educational excellence. We foster an environment where doctoral students and affiliated faculty conduct and disseminate research related to key issues in urban education. Our research groups, programming, and conferences include: The Urban Education Think Tank (UETT), The Power of Students Event, The Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference, and The Annual Benjamin E. Mays Lecture Series.

Educational Support and Development

Developing the skills of key community stakeholders who support urban education is a priority of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence. The CUEE creates opportunities to connect and connect with resources, organizations, and individuals that can support and further advances in urban education. We also provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to support, develop, and implement effective solutions for urban education.