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. She spoke to a cheering, overflowing gathering in Founders Auditorium in a speech entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”
Today’s college students must map their futures amid conflicts about the value of a college education and shifts in the social paradigm and the global economy, MEC President Rudolph F. Crew said during his recent Address to the Freshman Class.
Celebrations around the country this year have marked the centennial of the birth of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer and a towering literary figure.
MEC kicked off its 2017 Black History Month events on Wednesday with an opening ceremony in Founders Auditorium that included student entertainers and the presentation of two “Trailblazer” Awards. The awards went to Deesha Dyer, who served as special assistant to President Barack Obama and Social Secretary of the White House, and to Donna Mossman, a renowned affordable housing advocate and a founding member of the Crown Heights Tenant Union.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Medgar Evers family and the Spring, 2017 semester.
In light of the extraordinary protests and fervent debates sweeping the country in the wake of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, I want to reiterate our commitment at MEC and throughout CUNY to our core value of inclusion. We have answers to many of your questions and concerns and can offer guidelines and recommendations for those impacted by President Trump’s order.
Two Medgar Evers’ student-athletes -- Senior Sciancia Metelus and junior Charlyn Jordon, both of whom are graduating this spring -- have been selected to attend the Division III Student Immersion Program in Nashville (TN) this spring.
Dr. Crew and Medgar Evers College were featured in a recent New York Times article about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s free tuition plan for SUNY and CUNY two-year and four-year colleges. Some experts consider the plan most helpful for working and middle-class families. The New York Times article features Dr. Crew and other educators discussing how the plan would also give a boost to students and families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a plan Tuesday morning to offer free tuition to eligible students at SUNY and CUNY two-year and four-year colleges. Under his plan, which would cover most students at Medgar Evers College, independent students or their families are eligible if they earn $100,000 a year or less in fall, 2017, increasing to $110,000 or less in 2018 and reaching $125,000 or less in 2019.
The dramatic story of the country’s civil rights struggle, as told through the lens of the martyred leader Medgar Wiley Evers, is now on display at MEC through its first permanent exhibit of Evers’ life and legacy.