WASHINGTON—First lady Michelle Obama plans to meet Chicago high school students in the nation's capital Thursday when they visit Howard University to gain exposure to college life, White House aides said.
Bow Wow, a rapper, actor and co-host of BET's "106 & Park," will join a campus tour with the first lady and the Chicago Public Schools students and moderate her round-table discussion with them, her aides said.
The students, juniors and seniors, will be on the first day of a four-day visit to Howard for a program called "Escape to the Mecca." The program is designed to give talented high school students an immersion into a college campus, aides said.
Howard has a campus organization called the Chicago People's Union, or CPU, which aims to increase fellowship among Illinois students and acts as a liaison between prospective students from Illinois and the university, the first lady's aides said.
Obama's visit is part of her higher education initiative, which seeks to increase the number of U.S. students who attend colleges and universities, aides said.