Freeman Habrowski

Freeman Hrabowski
"Leadership in the 21st Century"
Thursday, November 14
11:30am-1:00pm
CUB Ballroom


Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, now in his 21st year as President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), leads a campus widely recognized for academic innovation and inclusive excellence. Dr. Hrabowski will share his personal story – including the experience of being jailed for participating with other children in a march for Civil Rights in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama – and insights from his career as an academic leader. America has seen profound changes in the past 50 years, including increased access to education for students of all races, but many challenges persist. Dr. Hrabowski will encourage faculty, staff, and students alike to embrace the idea that the world does not have to remain as it is today. He believes firmly that choice, not chance, determines one's destiny.


BIOGRAPHY:
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education with special emphasis on minority participation and performance.

He chaired the National Academies' committee that produced the recent report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was also recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, Hrabowski co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988, which encourages all high-achieving students to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering and to advance underrepresented minorities in these fields. Based on the program's outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books - Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds - which focus on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science.

A child leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary Four Little Girls on the racially motivated bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus's achievements in innovation and inclusive excellence. Time magazine named Hrabowski one of America's 10 Best College Presidents in 2009 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

The 2013 Silent Leader Award and the 2013 Faculty Award for Community-Based Engagement will also be presented at the event.

In 1984, Fall Convocation was initiated by a group of Gettysburg College students who were concerned that the campus did not gather often enough to engage in conversations around current issues. Today's Fall Convocation continues this tradition of engaging our campus in and advocating for change in our nation and world.


Nominate a student to be the 2013 Silent Leader, an award given at Fall Convocation.

Fall Convocation Speakers

1984 Benjamin Spock
1985 Dith Pran
1986 Mitch Snyder
1987 Betty Williams
1988 Mary F. Berry
1989 John Steinbruck
1990 Keith Tuitt
1991 Maya Angelou
1992 Li Lu
1993 Alex Kotlowitz
1994 Robert Littsa
1995 Jocelyn Elders
1996 Morris Dees
1997 Edward James Olmos
1998 Douglas Wilder
1999 Kweisi Mfume
2000 Jim Hightower
2001 Lena Williams
2002 Luong Ung
2003 Todd Brewster
2004 Rabbi Michael Lerner
2005 Jonathan Kozol
2006 Robert Egger
2007 Tim Wise
2008 Julian Agyeman
2009 Rebecca Walker
2010 Ariel Luckey
2011 Deepa Fernandes
2012 Ralph Nader

 

HISTORY OF FALL CONVOCATION

Fall Convocation was initiated by a group of Gettysburg College students in the 1980s who were concerned that the campus did not gather often enough to engage in conversations around current issues. Today's Fall Convocation is a continuation of this tradition of students engaging in and advocating for change in our nation and world.