Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor Freeman Hrabowski III is here for only one day next week, but he and MSU Denver are making the most of his visit.
On Monday, Feb. 18, Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will speak at an invitation-only breakfast for community leaders; hold three discussions on campus; and finish his visit at the Noel Community Event that evening. The public is invited to the campus and evening events.
Recognized as a national expert in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), particularly as it pertains to graduating students of color, Hrabowski was appointed chair of the White House Initiative on African American Education by President Barack Obama and has been featured on “60 Minutes.” Time magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.
In the 10 years prior to Hrabowski’s arrival at UMBC as provost, the institution had graduated fewer than 20 African American science majors. Today, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, started by Hrabowski, is among the nation’s leading producers of students of color graduates in science and engineering who go on to earn doctorate degrees.
Hrabowski will speak in the Tivoli Turnhalle at 9:30-10:45 a.m., 12:30-1:45 p.m. and 3:30-4:45 p.m.
The evening event is 6-8 p.m. at Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court in Denver. In addition to Hrabowski’s speech, the 2013Hope for the Future Noel Award will be given to Patty Quinones, principal of Skyline High School in Longmont, and Kristin Waters, principal of Denver’s South High School.
For more information, go to the Noel website.
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