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MEC Students Learn Skills, Get Jobs at Leadership Institute

Five MEC students were selected to attend the recent Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. and two of them found positions through the award-winning national program.

Dr. Brenda M. Greene Receives Plaque from Scholarship Group

Dr. Greene received a plaque in recognition of her distinguished and sustained leadership of the English Department and the renowned Center for Black Literature, founded in 2003.

Combating Violence - Leaders Speak Out

Religious leaders wrestled with the provocative question of “where is God during a mass shooting?” during a wide-ranging panel discussion at MEC devoted to spiritual and ethical issues around such tragedies in this country.

CUNY Citizenship Now! Offers TPS Help

CUNY Citizenship Now! will be at Medgar Evers College on Tuesday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 19 to offer free help with Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewals. Haitian TPS is scheduled to end on July 22, 2019. If your work authorization expires on January 22, 2018 you are encouraged to apply for a renewal.

Professor Wallace Ford Talks About the African Diaspora

Professor Ford, a Harvard Law School graduate, is a former investment banker and city and state business official, among other career stops. He presented “African Diaspora Development Programs – New Solutions to Enduring Challenges” at the Academy of Business & Retail Management’s joint International Trade and Research Conference and International Conference on Institutional Leadership, Learning & Teaching. 

Honors Program On A Roll

The 18 first-year students who form MEC’s newly-established Honors Program are off to a good start – meeting with their faculty mentors, establishing good study habits, and even trading notes with MEC President Rudolph F. Crew on success and stamina.

MEC Mourns the Passing of Lowell F. Hawthorne, 2013 Commencement Speaker

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Lowell Hawthorne on Saturday and extend our deepest sympathy to his entire family, as well as his friends and colleagues. The police have reported that Mr. Hawthorne, the visionary founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, committed suicide.

Students, Staff and Faculty Give for Thanksgiving 2017

Students, faculty and staff at MEC honored Thanksgiving by giving back and reflecting on their blessings. The community celebrated with several events, including a feast last Friday for faculty and staff that was served by the Executive Cabinet. There was a turkey giveaway on Tuesday sponsored by Municipal Credit Union, one of MEC’s corporate partners.

Professor David Orenstein Examines Empathy and Social Justice

What is the strong bond connecting a struggling mother in Sweden, a rich lawyer in Nigeria, and an Orthodox rabbi in New York’s Crown Heights neighborhood?  MEC Professor David Orenstein has a deceptively simple, disarming answer:  they are connected through their common humanity. 

Big Wins for Biology Majors

MEC Biology majors Emmanuel Agyei, Asuma Jalloh, Moises Rodriguez and Jaleel Shepherd have all recently won top honors in major Science competitions. 

MEC Stakeholders Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Future

MEC President Rudolph F. Crew held a breakfast meeting with some of the College's important stakeholders  to thank them for their support, provide an update on MEC’s progress, and to sketch a vision for the future. 

Medgar Evers College Approved to Offer BFA Degree

Medgar Evers College has just received word that the Governor has approved its Master Plan Amendment and can offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. The B.F.A program will be the first ever arts degree program offered by Medgar Evers College. 

Acclaimed Writer Victor LaValle Talks Shop at MEC

The acclaimed writer Victor LaValle, described once as a mix of Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, kicked off MEC’s Center for Black Literature’s John Oliver Killens Reading Series on Thursday. LaValle discussed his latest novel, The Changeling.

A New Social Justice Movement Discussed by Dr. Crew and Panelists

Just what social justice means in this new era of protest was examined by panelists at a lively discussion on Oct. 19 at MEC. Entitled “Creating a New Social Justice Movement,” four panelists examined white supremacy, fake news, the importance of voting and the role of social media, among other topics.

Quarter-Million Raised at Pinnacle Awards for Student Scholarships

Approximately $250,000 was raised for student scholarships at the Medgar Evers College Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Dinner, on October 11, 2017. The theme for this year’s black-tie fundraiser, the College’s major fundraising event, was “Carnival: A Celebration of Culture.”

MEC Hosts Major Conference on Black and Latino Males

The 12th annual City University of New York Black Male Initiative conference at MEC on Oct. 6 got off to a rousing start in a packed Founders Auditorium. Greetings came from CUNY chancellor James B. Milliken, MEC President Rudolph F. Crew delivered an eloquent call to action, and Dr. Bryant Marks, professor of Psychology and Director of the Morehouse College Male Initiative, delivered a fascinating lecture on implicit bias.

MEC hosts NAMM Mathfest XXVII

NAM’s Undergraduate MATHFest XXVII was held from September 29 - October 1, 2017 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Terrence Blackman, Dean (Interim) of the School of Science, Health and Technology at Medgar Evers, was the local organizer. Helen Grundman, Director of the Office for Education and Diversity at the American Mathematical Society (AMS), sponsored prizes for the participants.

Founders Day 2017 Blooms Bright

MEC celebrated Founders Day on Thursday, filling the amphitheater with food, music, the Cougar mascot, as well as tables for voter registration and student life.

MEC Hearts and Minds in Great Shape, Dr. Crew Says in Speech

In his annual state of the college address on Wednesday, President Rudolph F. Crew painted a picture of an institution making great strides in academics and other measurable attainments, as well as in practicing empathy.

Guyana Leader at MEC for New Discussion Series

The Honorable Carl Greenidge, Foreign Minister and Vice President of Guyana, spoke at MEC on Tuesday about “the promise of oil” and its impact on Guyana’s development. Earlier this year oil companies announced the successful drilling of a well in Guyana’s coastal waters and the expectation of the biggest oil and natural gas discoveries in decades.

Actress and Writer Receives MEC Award for Groundbreaking Work

Sonia Manzano, who played “Maria” on Sesame Street for over 40 years, received the 2017 Latino Trailblazer Award from Medgar Evers College last week.  The award, which coincided with the beginning of Latino Heritage Month, went to Ms. Manzano for her groundbreaking work as an actress, screenwriter, author and speaker. 

MEC’S First Annual Soulfest Raises Thousands for Scholarships!

The College’s first annual SoulFest – an outdoor extravaganza of food, music and arts and crafts -- raised over $8,000 for student scholarships on Saturday, Sept. 9.  The event, held in the parking lot between Franklin and Bedford Avenues, attracted hundreds of people, including members of the MEC community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Medgar Evers College is Venue for Senator Gillibrand’s Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) came to Medgar Evers College on Sunday, September 10 as part of a series of Town Hall meetings she has held across the state. The events were an opportunity for constituents to question Senator Gillibrand on a range of subjects.

MEC Opens New School of Education

The College’s new School of Education, which will be the home of the College’s pre-college programs and two academic departments, has opened its doors in time for the new 2017-2018 academic year. The first full week of the Fall semester began on Aug. 25. 

MEC 5K Raises Over $25,000 for Student Scholarships

Over 500 people registered for the inaugural MEC 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 19, raising over $25,000 for student scholarships.

Linda Sarsour is Keynote Speaker at Third Annual Hip-Hop Institute

Linda Sarsour, the keynote speaker at the third annual Hip-Hop Institute, told the audience at MEC to protest, consume accurate news accounts, and to tell the truth about inequality, misogyny and racism.

Pipeline Program’s Summer Starts with One-day HACK-A-THON

Mingling fun and learning, 36  students participating in MEC’s Pipeline Program summer kickoff last Thursday created websites devoted to  basketball, video games, anime, music, and more at a one-day HACK-A-THON.

Hillary Clinton Praises MEC Graduates in Commencement Speech

“Make your voices heard every single day,” Mrs. Clinton told the Class of 2017 in her keynote address. “And when they even try to dismiss your lived experiences – maybe they’ll call it identity politics – stand up and say your identity is as important and valuable as the identify of anybody else who lives in the United States of America.”

Medgar Evers College Class of 2017 Continues to Rise

Jonathan Arcentales, 22, Class of 2017 Valedictorian, is graduating with a B.S in Biology. He began thinking about his address to the class of 2017 by reflecting on his parents and their love and support. “It will show the true American dream,” he said.   

MEC Inducts Students into Program to Improve Urban Education.

The occasion was a kick-off session and induction program last week for about 40 MEC Education majors in the “Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) II Program.”  The program aims to increase the numbers of teachers from under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups, especially those who will teach in struggling schools. 

Big Audiences for Dr. Crew’s Views

Dr. Crew weighed in at an NAACP hearing on charter schools; moderated a panel discussion on both urban education and HBCUs for a National Action Network (NAN) convention; and held a conversation on education and leadership for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) leaders. He spoke before sizeable audiences in each venue.

Black Politics and Culture in Four New MEC Library Exhibits

An exhibit featuring newspapers and magazines from 2008-2009  capturing the inauguration of President Barack Obama was among four small exhibits that opened Monday, May 8 in the lower level of the MEC library. The exhibits, which will be up until the Fall, showcase black political and cultural writing and activism globally.

President Crew Honored with Medgar Wiley Evers Champion of Change Award

MEC President Rudolph F. Crew was honored with the Medgar Wiley Evers Champion of Change Award Saturday afternoon at the Annual Spring Scholarship & Leadership Awards Luncheon of the Community Council for Medgar Evers College.

June Jordan: Reflections on her Life and Activism

At a recent MEC forum on Jordan held at the Brooklyn Library, scholars agreed that Jordan’s work needs to be introduced to a new generation and that her voice is sorely needed during this time of political tumult

MEC Well Represented at International Business Conference

The faculty and students from the School of Business are on a roll. They are traveling to Africa, the Caribbean and China to meet businesspeople, winning major pitch competitions, and next week will be major participants at an international business conference in New York.

Medgar Evers College Hosts Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration

In partnership with "Our Miss Brooks 100," the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY hosted the 2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, "Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration," in tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer and a towering literary figure.

Lawyer Ted Wells Speaks At MEC Global Lecture Series

The Global Lecture Series stresses the importance of international studies in the global marketplace and prepares students to become global citizens. Wells is a partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department at Paul Weiss.

Sierra Club's first African-American President Keynotes MEC Environmental Conference

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair gave a keynote address during MEC’s 22nd annual conference on environmental issues calling for a “people’s climate movement,” to build an inclusive environmental rights movement composed of labor, civil rights groups, and other progressive organizations.

Cuomo Comes to MEC, Unveils Central Brooklyn Plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to MEC’s Founders Auditorium on Thursday to unveil a $1.4 billion “Vital Brooklyn” initiative to pump resources for housing, jobs, health care, recreation and more into struggling Central Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. Gets Serious at MEC

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. played it straight at MEC on Tuesday. He gave a mostly serious talk about how facing a prison sentence helped him embrace comedy and he offered advice on career success.

Donna Brazile Evokes Dr. King in MEC Speech

Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile told an audience at MEC on Wednesday to use the power of protest and the ballot as the political paradigm swiftly shifts.

Pipeline Students Get Advice from NBA and Experts

Students learned about resume development, job search methods, interview techniques and more. They heard professionals talk about their own career journeys.