Political Leaders Gather to Discuss Challenges Facing Wormen

It was expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes dirty. And it was totally worth it.  

Jacqueline Woodson recently appeared before a captivated MEC audience

Jacqueline Woodson, the celebrated novelist and children’s book author, recently appeared before an enthralled audience at MEC to share her writing secrets, her reasons for her work, and her observation that “gentrification” can erase history.

MEC Students on the RISE

For MEC students Abena Charles, Creshawna Clement, and Jesica Wilson a recent $500 scholarship from the Alumni Association of Medgar Evers College Inc. not only paid some bills but was a wonderful affirmation of their hard work overcoming challenges.

G’mar Hatimah Tova

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown this evening and ends tomorrow night. It marks a threshold in the Jewish community and invites a pause for reflection on the past year. We wish all those observing an easy fast and "G'mar Hatimah Tovah"

Mourning the Loss of District Attorney Ken Thompson

  Kenneth Thompson, the first Black District Attorney of Brooklyn died, Sunday, October 9, 2016, from cancer.

Join Jacqueline Woodson for an Evening of Reading and Conversation

Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, whose latest novel “Another Brooklyn” has been nominated for a 2016 National Book Award, is coming to MEC on Thursday, October, 13, 2016 for an evening of reading and conversation.

World-Renowned Author Zadie Smith Comes to the College for a Reading.

The English Department at MEC is proud to welcome world-renowned author Zadie Smith, who will visit the college on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 to read from her various texts. This reading comes just before the release of her new novel, "Swing Time."  The evening begins at 7 p.m. in Founders Auditorium. Doors will close after the reading begins. A short discussion and Q & A will follow the reading. While MEC students will receive priority seating, this event is free and open to the public. To RSVP for this event, please use the Event Brite link at:

Public Administration Student Wins 1st Prize at StartUpAfrica 2016

A natural juice concoction led Medgar Evers College to extend its winning streak in business “pitch” competitions when Omeil  Novado Morgan won first prize this weekend at the StartUpAfrica 2016  entrepreneurship conference in Fairfax, Va. Mr. Morgan, a junior Public Administration major, successfully pitched his all-natural wellness drink business, winning $500  in cash and hundreds of dollar worth of expert business  advice.

President Rudy Crew on the State of the College and Freshman Address

Medgar Evers College is on the rise, meeting students where they are academically and offering them the intellectual rigor to seize the opportunities of the new global economy, President Rudolph F. Crew declared recently. He greeted students, faculty and staff at both the annual State of the College address last week and his address to the freshman class at the Student Government Association inauguration ceremony on Monday.

Medgar Evers College's Own Randy Weston Introduces His First Event as Resident Artist

Randy Weston, the legendary jazz artist, spoke of growing up in Brooklyn and learning about his African heritage and the global primacy of African music and culture. Candido de Guerra Camero, one of the foremost percussionists of his time, performed on his signature trio of conga drums and announced that he was 95 years old.So it went on a vibrant evening in Founders Auditorium, as Randy Weston introduced the first event of his year-long artist in residence program at MEC. The performance and Mr. Weston’s discussion of jazz, culture, and his own beginnings, attracted an audience of students, faculty, staff and rapt music lovers from across the city. Mr. Camero (known as Candido and born in Cuba) received a standing ovation and cellphones were held aloft to record the night of music and conversation.  Mr. Weston is the very first artist to serve in a residency program at Medgar Evers College.  A jazz innovator for over six decades, Mr. Weston was recently placed in the Hall of Fame in the 64th annual International Critics Poll in Downbeat Magazine.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito received the first Latino Trailblazer Award

The New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito received the first Latino Trailblazer Award from Medgar Evers College on Thursday, September 15, during an event to kick off Latino Heritage Month at the College.

Melissa Mark-Viverito to Receive the Inaugural Trailblazer Award

Melissa Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council Speaker and the first Latina to hold a citywide elected position, will receive the inaugural Trailblazer Award on Thursday, September 15, when Medgar Evers College kicks off Latino Heritage Month.

USA-Caribbean Diaspora: Priorities and Convergence.

A first-time partnership between Medgar Evers College and the U.S. Department of State created a lively, live-streamed panel discussion at the college last Thursday entitled “USA-Caribbean Diaspora: Priorities and Convergence.” The event, which drew students, community leaders and academics, celebrated the Caribbean Diaspora and examined U.S. policy objectives in the Caribbean.The panel was one of several State Department events around the West Indian Day Parade last week.“I see the event today as the beginning of a conversation,” said Juan Gonzalez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the State Department. Mr. Gonzalez ticked off education, clean energy and citizen security as among the top State Department policy objectives in the Caribbean.  The panel, he said, was intended to foster dialogue and forge connections.

Remember 9/11/2001

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The Medgar Evers College Community joins those worldwide in acknowledging the tragic losses of September 11, 2001 as well as the bravery of our first-responders and good Samaritans.  Some students, faculty and staff will chose to pay tribute by observing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, as designated by Congress, and will give back to their communities in their own way.  However we mark this somber anniversary it is important that we pause to remember and to reflect.

Randy Weston kicks off his year-long Artist Residency

Legendary jazzmaster Randy Weston -- pianist, composer and lecturer -- kicks off his yearlong Artist in Residency at Medgar Evers College with a master class from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. The program will be held in the Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue.

Women’s Varsity Swim Team

Since its founding over 40 year ago, Medgar Evers College has boasted a long list of accomplishments, creating renowned centers for black writers and for Caribbean Culture, among other things. But it is finally creating something it has never had: a swim team.Now MEC is seeking women who are strong swimmers for a women’s varsity swim team.  The absence of swimming as a sport at Medgar Evers – for men or women -- reflects a larger societal divide, said Renee Bostic, the Director of Athletics. “It’s part of the historical lack of resources for blacks to learn to swim and to take advantage of pools,” Ms. Bostic said.

Medgar Evers College hosts 2016 New York Black College Expo

Medgar Evers College is the host of the New York Black College Expo on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to interview with colleges and universities, receive financial aid and scholarship information, and learn about student athlete recruitment, jobs, and careers.  A step-show and a scholarship presentation hosted by celebrity guests will follow, from 3-5 p.m., with entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prepare for Graduate and Professional schools

“There’s no McDreamy,” Eric Washington said, referring to the handsome doctor in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy.” The class laughed heartily. “There’s McBook,” he said, holding up a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) study book.

Business Dean Presents Paper in Paris

The School of Business at MEC is bringing its transformative work to the Fourth International Academic Conference in Paris.  On August 15, Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle, Dean of the School of Business, is scheduled to present a paper on corporate social responsibility that counts among its authors several School of Business professors.     

Historic Collaboration Provides Union Members Extraordinary Career Opportunities

In a historic collaboration, Medgar Evers College has reached an agreement with District Council 37 to develop programs and courses for union members that prepare them for job promotions and competency tests needed for certification and career advancement. The program begins August 15 and is expected to have a lasting impact on the city, the council unions, and the college.  

Converting Food Grease into Usable Fuel

A Medgar Evers College professor is creating a new source of energy using– wait for it – Grease.  

How Pilot Test Prep Program Assists in Students' Pass Rate

“There’s no McDreamy,” Eric Washington said, referring to the handsome doctor in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy.” The class laughed heartily. “There’s McBook,” he said, holding up a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) study book.

Right Place at the Right Time

  For two top Medgar Evers College students, the phrase “the right place at the right time” has special meaning.

FREE Admission With Your MEC ID to Brooklyn Museum

World-class art and culture is priceless.  It is also close by at the Brooklyn Museum, at 200 Eastern Parkway, and admission is free to Medgar Evers College students, faculty and staff with a MEC ID. 

Caribbean-USA Diaspora: Priorities and Convergence

A celebration of Caribbean diaspora contributions and an examination of the social and economic problems facing Caribbean nations will be the subject of a wide-ranging panel discussion at Medgar Evers College on September 8, 2016.  The event, open to the public, represents a first-ever partnership  between the College and the U.S. Department of State to underscore the deep connections between the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Business. Entrepreneurs. Motivation.

The time: the height of summer. The place: a room in the Medgar Evers College library. The debate: the merits of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich versus a ham and cheese sandwich.

DeRay Mckesson Speaks at the 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson  told an audience at Medgar Evers College on Wednesday that black social justice movements must build coalitions with other causes, figure out a legal strategy, and be clear that conversations and protests are not solutions but create “space to come up with solutions.”“Can we build a different kind of community that has a different kind of power?” asked Mr. McKesson, in a major public appearance after spending 16 hours in a Baton Rouge jail cell this weekend following a demonstration in the wake of police shootings.  “This country can be better than it is today.”

Eid al-Fitr

Today, Muslims in New York City and throughout our country are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Celebrating His Legacy

Medgar Wiley Evers, the namesake of this fine institution, would have celebrated his 91st birthday on July 2, 2016. Mr. Evers was born in Mississippi on July 2, 1925, which means that his birthday almost coincides with the nation’s celebration of its own birthday on July 4.  As the holiday approaches, let us celebrate both birthdays, mindful of Mr. Evers’ monumental contributions to our nation.  Mr. Evers was a civil rights legend who championed voting rights and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi.His brave life was ended by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 37 but his ideas live on -- at Medgar Evers College and the City University of New York, and in all who seek social justice.  In a world roiled by war, terrorism, and myriad conflicts, we would do well to reflect on and honor Mr. Evers’ perseverance, wisdom, and strength. Those qualities allowed him to endure repeated trials by fire and they keep his legacy burning bright.

Medgar Alums Give Back

They called it the Socialize-Empower-Engage-Network, S.E.E.N. for short. Loosely organized a couple of years ago by a group of MEC graduates, they went looking for a way to give back.

Medgar Evers College announces its first-ever Honors Program

Medgar Evers College proudly announces its first-ever Honors Program!  The Program shaped by MEC’s mission, provides a transformative education that prepares students for their future success in a global economy. The Medgar Evers College Honors Program will challenge students to become change agents in their professions, community, the city, and indeed the world. Students will be exposed to digitally infused curricula, academic mentoring in their discipline, and experiential learning opportunities: study abroad, internships. The Program is affiliated with the renowned National Collegiate Honors Council(NCHC), students and faculty will be able to present at national and international conferences as well as publish is NCHC journals and monographs.   The MEC Honors Program is designed to attract academically talented students and develop their ability to thrive in a diverse society.   Dr. Augustine Okereke, Senior Vice President and Provost exclaims, “the launch of the Honors Program marks a new era for academic inquiry that will challenge students to read, write, and think critically for the 21st Century.”   

Celebrating a Legend: Randy Weston

The legendary jazz master Randy Weston, a son of Brooklyn, was celebrated with song, dance, and conversation at Medgar Evers College on Friday. Fans of the pianist, composer and lecturer, whose career has spanned over 60 years, came to Founders Auditorium for the evening event. It was preceded by a private reception for Mr. Weston.

Support Orlando

By now all of you are aware of the tragedy in Orlando, Florida this weekend. In what officials are calling an act of terrorism, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others in an early Sunday shooting at a nightclub. Many have labeled this a hate crime: the club in question was gay.  The horrific event in Orlando is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Hubert Evans: Redefining what it means to Act Your Age

At 87, Mr. Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Medgar Evers College this year, making him the oldest degree earner in 2016 at any City University of New York college.

The Future Starts Today - MEC Commencement 2016

Tell your story. Remember the lessons of Medgar Evers College. Exhale! Those were among the messages aimed at 1,100 graduates of Medgar Evers College last Friday at the 45th   annual commencement at Barclays Center.

MEC wins 1st Prize at CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship SmartPitch competition

For the first time ever, a Medgar Evers College student has won the CUNY SmartPitch Competition. Ashley Warmington, a Business major, won $10,000 at the May 20, competition for pitching her business idea, “Cozy Oasis.” It’s a home sublet concierge company that aims for five-star service for everyone involved in subletting – tenants, guests, landlords.

Women Leading in Mathematics

It started with rocks. Janelle Walker, a math major at Medgar Evers College, recalls collecting rocks and separating them into groups of twos and threes as a childhood game with her father and her sister. It was a fun way to learn addition, subtraction and division. Ms. Walker still loves math and is headed to Harvard University in June for its highly selective Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology.  

Persistence and Never Giving Up: The Journey of Two Students

Jessica-Gray Crumpley, the Associate Degree Scholar of 2016 at Medgar Evers College, was a busy wife and mother of two young girls when she had an epiphany one night about the urgency of time.   “I knew in order to change our means of living, there would have to be a change of lifestyle,” she said in a recent speech at the college’s 45th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony. The change:  enrolling in Medgar Evers College in the spring of 2014. Ms. Crumpley is already pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, after becoming a candidate for her Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology.

Remembering Derrick Griffith

   One year ago on this date we lost Dr. Derrick E. Griffith, who served as the Acting Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Medgar Evers College. Dean Griffith was responsible for assessing and promoting student success, which was his life’s passion. He was a beloved figure at Medgar Evers College and we honor him with our memories of him today. Dr. Derrick E. Griffith will never be forgotten! Please use the form below to rekindle and share your fondest memories of Dr. Griffith. Selected messages will be added to the tribute page. Read about his legacy.

The Sky is the Limit

“The sky is the limit,” was the message the Honorable Dr. Keith Rowley, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, recently brought to what he called “all the young people of the Caribbean diaspora in Brooklyn.” He made his remarks as the keynote speaker Thursday evening at Medgar Evers’s inaugural International Education Awards Ceremony. The event recognized supporters of international studies at Medgar Evers and drew more than 500 people to the Founders Auditorium.

Medgar Evers College participates in the International Competition for Entrepreneurs (ICE)

Medgar Evers College will have two teams participating in the International Competition for Entrepreneurs (ICE) in Montego Bay, Jamaica on May 5th through May 7th. Medgar Evers is the first Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) to participate in the competition on-site.

Medgar Evers College represents CUNY at the New York Business Plan Competition in Albany

The 2016 New York Business Plan Competition takes place in Albany, NY today.  Medgar Evers College will represent the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total of six teams participating in the event.  

2016 Commencement Speaker - Donna Brazile

Medgar Evers College is honored to welcome Donna Brazile as the 2016 Commencement Speaker.

MobilizeGreen held their second annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair

On April 7 – 8, MobilizeGreen held their second annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington and had the pleasure of inviting a few of Medgar’s STEM students; Nathalie Breary (Environmental Science major), Kimberly James (Biology major, minoring in Chemistry), Sandra Fenelon (Biology major) and Janelle Walker (Mathematics major, minoring in Environmental Science). The students departed New York on Wednesday, April 6th and returned Saturday morning, April 9th.