Corey Saffold, the director of crisis management for the Verona Area School District, will moderate a panel discussion titled “Getting Past the Or: How educational spaces need to do retention and not just recruitment for students and staff of color” on November 6 at the 365 Leadership Summit presented by UW Credit Union.
The sixth annual summit will take place November 6 and 7 and include more than 20 panel discussion on a wide range of topics, as well as the largest-ever 365 Leadership Community Choice Awards. Registration is open now at this link.
Prior to his role with the VASD, Saffold served as a City of Madison Police Officer for a decade. During that time, he also served as a school resource officer, successfully creating and implementing restorative programs that reduced citations, arrests, and overall police involvement within the school. Concurrently, Saffold served as an advisor for the Black Student Union, where he facilitated multiple initiatives that contributed to the successful matriculation of diverse students through high school and on to higher education.
In 2020, Governor Evers appointed Saffold to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, where he sat on the Capital Budget and Planning Committee, Education Committee, and the Student Appeals and Disciplinary Committee. While a Regent, Saffold advocated for and broadened overall access to education and dedicated himself to creating ‘wide open highways for nontraditional students’ to attend UW schools. The expansion of the UW Odyssey project was one example of recruiting strategies that helped to expand students of color across UW campuses.
Saffold is a J.D. candidate at the UW-Madison Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the UW-Whitewater.
The 365 Leadership Summit is the state’s premier professional development, networking and community building event for people of color. More information is available at 365LeadershipSummit.com.