“Pathways to Leadership” by UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski: March 12, 2014

Dear University Community,

We invite you to join us for an address from UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, next Wednesday.

In addition to his role as UMBC’s president, Dr. Hrabowski chairs the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/26/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

More about President Hrabowski: http://president.umbc.edu/

1:00 – 1:30 –  Share lunch with your peers
1:30 – 2:00 – Dr. Hrabowski’s talk
The event, and the lunch, are free, but you must RSVP.
RSVP for this event:
  • UMBC Graduate Community: RSVP on http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/19707
  • University System of Maryland Graduate Students (outside of UMBC): RSVP by replying to this post in the comments with your name, department, and university.


This event is shared with the University System of Maryland as part of the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation (PROMISE: AGEP-T) project.  

Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull; https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

4 thoughts on ““Pathways to Leadership” by UMBC’s President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski: March 12, 2014

  1. This was a typical talk from Dr. Hrabowski, which it means it was totally great and refreshing! IT was rather brief. He talked for roughly 20 mins then took questions. His talk was based on education, leadership, and the importance of networking. He spoke on his efforts in transforming education and how he has become so sought after in that area has been due to his ability to focus on strategies that work for all kinds of students. He stressed the importance of not only developing yourself academically, but also through networking and leadership. Overall, I left this talk feeling empowered and reinvigorated about graduate school.


    1. Furthermore, after talking to one of my colleagues for his insight on this talk we agreed on Dr. Hrabowski ability to appeal and reach multiple segments. His message holds the same weight no matter who he is talking to. We marveled at his speaking ability. He had mentioned in a response to a question that he reads alot despite his busy schedule. We hypothesized that his speaking ability and how he is able to come up with talks seemingly off the top of his head may come from his reading habits.

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