President @UMBC Dr. Freeman Hrabowski will discuss Leadership – Grad Student Lunch, Weds. March 2 2016 (Free!)

PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP  and The Graduate School at UMBC present the following event for Spring 2016:

The 2016 Graduate Student Seminar on Leadership

A Discussion with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Lunch will be served at 1:00

Talk will begin at 1:30 PM. Everyone needs to be seated by 1:25 PM.

LOCATION: The Sports Zone, located on the Mezzanine/2nd floor of  The Commons (Student Center)

UMBC Campus, Directions & Parking – Park in the Commons Drive Garage (map, location F7), Visitor parking is available at metered garages located at Administration Drive, The Commons Drive and Walker Avenue. Please page down to the comments section below for more detailed directions.


UMBC Community: Please RSVP on MyUMBC:

Guests: Please RSVP by providing your name and school/organization in the comment section below.

This event is free, but you will need to register.

As part of our PROMISE AGEP-T alliance with the University System of Maryland, graduate students from any school within the USM may attend. Guests from other schools are also invited as part of our commitment to provide graduate students with professional development. Faculty and staff are also invited to attend.


More about Dr. Hrabowski:

University of Maryland President Freeman A. Hrabowski speaks at the Justice Department's Black History Month celebration March 2, 2010 in the Main Hall of the Justice Department in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
University of Maryland President Freeman A. Hrabowski speaks at the Justice Department’s Black History Month celebration March 2, 2010 in the Main Hall of the Justice Department in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)


Robert Alexander2Background: The first UMBC graduate student success seminar with President Freeman Hrabowski was held in 2004 as a result of a request from then public policy graduate student, Robert Alexander. Robert graduated soon after that first seminar.  His work and research with the Centers for Disease Control has since reached national attention as Dr. Alexander was a leading contributor to the U.S.’ first federally funded anti-smoking campaign (Journal article in The Lancet, Article on Health Communication, Article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.) Dr. Alexander’s work with the Tips from Smokers campaign produced “shocking, but effective videos” according to the New York Times.  Dr. Alexander returned to Maryland to be a Mentor-in-Residence for the PROMISE AGEP during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) in August 2013.   Dr. Alexander was a member of the first cohort of the PROMISE AGEP Peer Mentors for UMBC, 2004. He is currently the Director of Business Development for the Battelle Health and Analytics Business Unit, and still collaborates with the CDC (Read more about Dr. Alexander on Batelle’s website here.) We thank Dr. Alexander, whose request as a PhD candidate, launched the plans for our annual present-day Presidential “Pathways to Leadership” seminar for graduate students.

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) –, 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: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

16 thoughts on “President @UMBC Dr. Freeman Hrabowski will discuss Leadership – Grad Student Lunch, Weds. March 2 2016 (Free!)

  1. Directions
    General directions to UMBC:

    From 95 (North or South)
    The UMBC Exit is THE SAME EXIT off of 95 for the BWI Marshall Airport.
    Follow the signs for UMBC, Rt. 166, Catonsville.

    Once you are on UMBC’s campus (landmarks: Silo on the left, BW Research Park on the right plus construction), stay in the right lane.

    * Make a RIGHT onto Hilltop Circle.

    * Pass Administration Drive (immediately past the parking garage)

    * Make the 2nd LEFT onto Commons Drive.

    The Commons Building will be in front of you. It is a multi-leveled glass walled building. Park in any open space or open lot after 3:30. If you park at a meter, you must have coins available to pay the metered fees.

    The Commons is surrounded by the Parking Garage, the Physics Building, the Public Policy Building, and the old Theatre. You will know that you are in the right place because Commons Drive ends in a loop with these buildings at the edges.

    If you come into the Commons Drive entrance you will be on the ground floor. There is an elevator on your right that will take you to the second floor. If you use this elevator, you will land in the game room. Walk through the game room, exit into the hallway, and continue to walk around until you reach the Sports Zone on the other side of the 2nd floor.

    Alternatively, when you arrive on the ground floor of the Commons, you can take the Maple Steps in front of you. Go up those steps and walk straight. Pass the bookstore and the bank, and you will reach a set of elevators. Go to floor two, and turn right. Go to the end and you will run into the Sports Zone.

    The Sports Zone is on the 2nd Floor/Mezzanine Level.


  2. I typed the notes I got from President Hrabowski’s seminar (o:

    – Never stop learning
    – Take care of yourself (emotionally, relationships (friends, family…), spiritually….)
    – Appreciate different cultures (easy to have misunderstandings)
    – Examine who you’re as a person (identity)
    – Learn how to listen (become a better and better listener)
    o What may seem obvious may not be obvious
    o Don’t draw conclusions too quickly
    – HUMILITY – importance of being humble to be a good leader
    – “the joy comes after the struggle” – but we can get through this together (o:
    – From the questions:

    o How do we become more influential people?
    • Influence comes with TRUST, if people trust you they will listen to you. For them to trust you they have to believe that you care for them, you need to believe in serving and serve with integrity.

    o You told us to be humble but our mentors tell us to be confident, how can be confident and humble?
    • It depends on the audience that you are addressing, if you are with your peers you need to be confident (confident in your data, in your work), if you are you’re your students you need to be humble (so that they can relate to you).


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