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Release Date: 3/15/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS equity specialist named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2018

Dr. Tracey L. Durant to be honored on April 23

Tracey Durant
TOWSON, MD. - The Daily Record named Dr. Tracey L. Durant, a specialist in the Baltimore County Public Schools Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, to its 2018 listing of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Nearly 425 women were nominated this year for the statewide honor. Nominees were asked to complete an application outlining their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships, and mentoring experience. They were encouraged to submit letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with their accomplishments professionally, in the community, and through mentoring.

A panel of business professionals and previous Maryland's Top 100 Women honorees reviewed the final applications and selected this year's honorees.

At BCPS, Durant is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating equity initiatives designed to close achievement gaps and increase academic rigor.

"Dr. Durant is a valuable member of Team BCPS," said Dr. Lisa Williams, BCPS executive director of equity and cultural proficiency. "This honor is well deserved."

Before joining the staff of BCPS, Durant was the director of professional development at Maryland Nonprofits, the founding executive director of the 100 Black Men of Maryland College Access Program, and the coordinator of learning assistance at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Beyond BCPS, Durant is an equity instructor with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and a licensed consultant with the Standards for Excellence Institute. Active in the community, Durant serves as board chair for Child First Authority, president of the Maryland Multicultural Coalition, board member and governance/nominating committee chair for the Chimes Foundation, and president of the CollegeBound Foundation Alumni Association.

"Maryland's Top 100 Women create change and break barriers in their professional worlds but also make a difference at home and in their communities," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. "We applaud our honorees for their passion, their commitment to excellence and for the work they do to bring communities together. The impact these women make across our state demonstrates why they are truly Maryland's Top 100 Women. The Daily Record is honored to recognize them."

The Maryland's Top 100 Women awards celebration will be held on Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in Baltimore. The event hashtag is #TDRawards.

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