Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of University of Maryland-Baltimore County, discusses diversity in the study of sciences on September 24, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) will discuss “Lessons Learned: Creating a Climate of Success for All Students” on Wednesday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m., in the Villard Room of the College Center at Vassar College. This event, which is the keynote address of the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) Symposium, is sponsored by the Common Ground Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

This lecture is a unique opportunity for the two programs to join together. Conversations in the annual Common Ground series explore issues on affirmative action, civil rights, public education reform, racism, homophobia, gender equity, and inclusive pedagogy. The URSI symposium showcases the collaborative experiments, explorations, and critical analyses of students and faculty from the ten-week summer program.

Hrabowski will address a range of topics, including the participation of women and minority students and faculty in the national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Coalition (STEM), and the culture of inclusion and support in the academy.


Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC since 1992. The author of numerous articles and co-author of two books about high-achieving African-Americans in science – Overcoming the Odds (2002) and Beating the Odds (1998) – he has been honored by institutions such as the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and received the McGraw Prize in Education. Hrabowski also serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.

The offices of the Dean of the Faculty and the Dean of the College collaborate on the Common Ground series as part of Vassar's ongoing effort to foster inclusiveness in its campus community. This event is also organized by the office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, September 10, 2008