President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

“One of the ways we can get students to appreciate what STEM can do for our country is through the humanities, not only through reading skills, but understanding many of the ethical issues involved in the achievement gap, in health disparities, and in the environmental issues that we face.” – Dr. Hrabowski on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Continue reading President Hrabowski discusses the importance of connecting STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences

UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

Baltimore’s history as the first U.S. city to be illuminated by gas lamps has inspired Light City Baltimore, a new festival in the Inner Harbor, March 28-April 3, with 1.5 miles of glowing public artworks, free music, a free UMBC hospitality space, and a six-day innovation conference, Light City U. Continue reading UMBC heads to Light City Baltimore: festival of light, music, innovation

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Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

UMBC’s inaugural Innovators Luncheon, held November 30, 2015, celebrated faculty innovators from across the university who are forging new paths in their fields. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Technology Development (OTD), Office of … Continue reading Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

APHA national meeting features UMBC leadership in social and policy dimensions of health research

UMBC took center stage as more than 13,000 public health professionals gathered in Chicago for the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting, November 1-4, 2015. President Freeman Hrabowski presented the keynote address, which examined the conference theme “Health in … Continue reading APHA national meeting features UMBC leadership in social and policy dimensions of health research

UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

Can hundreds of committed UMBC alumni, students, faculty and staff spread the word about our exceptional public research university and its 50th anniversary to almost 70,000 alumni and the rest of the world? The first wave of those “hundreds” – … Continue reading UMBC celebrates launch of campaign to reconnect with 70,000 global alumni ahead of 50th

President Hrabowski joins new panel to examine future of undergraduate education

President Hrabowski will serve as a member of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education, a panel of experts tasked with studying the impact and effectiveness of the nation’s existing educational systems and identifying the challenges and opportunities facing … Continue reading President Hrabowski joins new panel to examine future of undergraduate education

President Hrabowski discusses how his experiences during the Civil Rights movement inspired his career in education

In a recent interview on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, President Hrabowski shared how his experiences as a young boy during the Civil Rights movement shaped his future in higher education and inspired his pursuit of STEM achievement for students of all backgrounds. Much of the discussion revolved around topics addressed in Dr. Hrabowski’s latest book, Holding Fast to Dreams. Dr. Hrabowski recounted meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. and participating in a peaceful march, which led to his arrest. He also commented on how the experience compelled him, and many others, to take a more active role supporting the community and … Continue reading President Hrabowski discusses how his experiences during the Civil Rights movement inspired his career in education

President Hrabowski emphasizes the importance of inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity in STEM fields

In a recent interview with Comcast Newsmakers, President Freeman Hrabowski acknowledged that, while the number of jobs in STEM-related fields is growing, minority representation within these fields still lags. “There are far too few Americans, in general, who love math or who are in STEM fields,” said Dr. Hrabowski, when asked about his successful career as an African-American with a math and science background. According to a 2010 study by the National Academies Committee chaired by Dr. Hrabowski, only 5 percent of 24 year-olds of all races hold STEM degrees—and only 2-3 percent of minorities. During the interview, Dr. Hrabowski pointed … Continue reading President Hrabowski emphasizes the importance of inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity in STEM fields

2015 Fall Opening Meeting Celebrates UMBC Achievements, Emphasizes Commitment to Inclusion

Faculty and staff gathered at the Fall Opening Meeting on August 20, 2015 to celebrate UMBC’s 2014-15 accomplishments and mark the start of a new academic year. The meeting featured remarks from incoming freshman, transfer, and graduate students, a speech by Provost Philip Rous, and the annual State of the University address by President Freeman Hrabowski. Maria Packard, incoming freshman in mathematics and Sherman STEM Teacher Scholarl; Sean Radaskiewicz, incoming transfer student in visual arts; and Bridget Patton, incoming master’s student in public policy and a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, shared their personal stories, academic interests, and what attracted them to … Continue reading 2015 Fall Opening Meeting Celebrates UMBC Achievements, Emphasizes Commitment to Inclusion

Pres. Hrabowski Shares How UMBC Prepares Students for the Workforce in Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard, in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, began “The Future of Work and Workers” project in August. The project asks social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and other industry leaders to write about how the working world will change in the future. President Hrabowski contributed to the project with an article that shares how UMBC’s innovations are preparing students for the workforce. Dr. Hrabowski began by outlining areas of expertise that will be required in the changing workplace, including people skills, technological skills, the ability to work interdisciplinarily and … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Shares How UMBC Prepares Students for the Workforce in Pacific Standard

Pres. Hrabowski Looks to Baltimore as City of Hope in Face of Growing Inequality

President Hrabowski penned an article for the Washington Post this week reflecting on societal inequalities. Drawing on his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, he compares the struggles of today’s society to challenges present in the 1960s. “I am stunned and saddened by the growth of inequality in our society and the fact that many children have simply stopped dreaming about the future,” Dr. Hrabowski wrote as he recounted how many families are stuck in poverty and gains in post-secondary education are unevenly spread. “Yet I also remind myself how far we’ve come,” he continued. “If we don’t count our … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Looks to Baltimore as City of Hope in Face of Growing Inequality

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses the Power of Education on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

President Hrabowski visited WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show on July 7, 2015 to discuss how his upbringing during the Civil Rights movement inspired his passion for making higher education more inclusive. During the interview, Dr. Hrabowski touched on the themes in his latest book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement. As a child, the importance of well-rounded education was impressed upon him and he spoke about prioritizing multiple disciplines. “We have to stop making this major distinction between STEM…and reading and the humanities and the arts,” he said. “These are false distinctions.” Pres. Hrabowski … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses the Power of Education on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Bill LaCourse, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Describes STEM Retention Efforts in eCampus News

A National Center for Education Statistics report found that 48% of undergraduate students who entered science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields in 2003-2009 left those majors by spring 2009, sparking discussions about how the U.S. can increase the number of qualified candidates in STEM fields. Bill LaCourse, dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, spoke to eCampus News this week about strategies used at UMBC to retain students in those majors. “Students come into college interested in STEM, but [schools] do a lot of things to push them away,” LaCourse said. He urged colleges to rethink the … Continue reading Bill LaCourse, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Describes STEM Retention Efforts in eCampus News

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Education and New Book on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Marc Steiner Show, The Root

President Hrabowski recently visited Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Marc Steiner Show, and The Root to discuss his new book, Holding Fast To Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, and the importance of education and mentorship for Baltimore youth. In his interviews, Dr. Hrabowski shared his experiences growing up in Birmingham, Alabama and how his desire for a better education inspired him to participate in the 1963 Children’s March. “The experience taught me a number of things… don’t let anyone else define who you are… that you can be empowered to make a difference in your … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Education and New Book on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Marc Steiner Show, The Root

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

President Hrabowski appears in this month’s edition of International Educator to discuss how studying abroad shaped his career path. International Educator is a bimonthly publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In the article, Dr. Hrabowski shares about his time at the American University in Cairo. “It opened my eyes to a totally different world and everything changed,” he said. “It really put growing up in perspective and helped me understand other people.” He goes on to discuss how his semester abroad has helped him in his role as the president of UMBC. He remarked, “It allows me to relate … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

Pres. Hrabowski Shares UMBC’s Response to Baltimore’s Challenges in Inside Higher Ed

In light of the Baltimore protests, President Hrabowski penned an essay in Inside Higher Ed about the importance of UMBC’s continued work in the community and the need for ongoing conversations with students about confronting systematic injustice and inequality. Dr. Hrabowski began by sharing his experience in the Children’s March and how it developed into his life’s work of making education accessible to all Americans. He drew comparisons to the Baltimore protests, saying that the most important work of fighting issues of poverty and injustice is yet to come. Sharing examples of UMBC’s commitment to Baltimore city through initiatives such … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Shares UMBC’s Response to Baltimore’s Challenges in Inside Higher Ed

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses “Holding Fast to Dreams” on WYPR

President Hrabowski visited Maryland Morning on May 11 to discuss his new book Holding Fast to Dreams with host Sheila Kast. Holding Fast to Dreams was published this month and recounts Dr. Hrabowksi’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, his journey to UMBC, the inspiration and success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and the continued work at UMBC with redesigned courses to encourage “inclusive excellence” for all students. In the interview, Dr. Hrabowski touched his childhood, the recent protests in Baltimore, and his passion for helping students succeed at UMBC. “What we do at UMBC, whether talking about what we … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses “Holding Fast to Dreams” on WYPR

Pres. Hrabowski Featured in SmartCEO Magazine

SmartCEO’s May issue features a cover story about President Hrabowski’s leadership at UMBC with STEM education and entrepreneurship. SmartCEO publishes a bimonthly magazine about leading businesses in four major markets: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. The story highlights Dr. Hrabowki’s leadership at UMBC and the university’s transformation into “an innovation hub and national education powerhouse.” Dr. Hrabowski also shares ideas for collaborative leadership, drawing on his experiences working with UMBC’s faculty senate, as well as corporate and government partnerships. “The more people see that what you say you’re going to do, you do, and the more you consult … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Featured in SmartCEO Magazine

Pres. Hrabowski Recognizes Game Design as Future of Learning

In a commentary on CNBC, President Hrabowski praises the success of Team HueBotics, a video-game development team from UMBC heading to the 2015 Microsoft Imagine World Cup, and discusses how they exemplify the future of learning and technology. Team HueBotics is made up of Jasmine Martin ’15, visual arts and business administration, Erika Schumacher ’17, visual arts, Tad Cordle ’16, computer engineering, and Michael Leung ’16, computer science. Dr. Hrabowski examines the utility of video games as a way to improve education and engage students from a variety of backgrounds. “American education, from pre-K to college, must find ways to … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Recognizes Game Design as Future of Learning

Pres. Hrabowski Inspires at Maryland Arts Day 2015

President Hrabowski gave the keynote address at Maryland Arts Day last week. Maryland Arts Day is an annual event hosted by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy organization. In his address, Dr. Hrabowski examined the role of the arts in finding our value as human beings. “The way we think about ourselves as a society, the language that we use in discussing who we are, the values that we hold will shape who we are,” he said. “I posit to you that the arts intersect with our very souls.” Dr. Hrabowski also spoke about the importance of … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Inspires at Maryland Arts Day 2015

Pres. Hrabowski Calls for Institutional Culture Change at White House Summit

On Thursday, President Hrabowski attended the second White House Summit on College Opportunity. The summit gathered together hundreds of college presidents and heads of foundations and non-profit organizations, as well as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden. Dr. Hrabowski participated in a panel on innovation, along with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Arizona State President Michael Crow, Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative Founding Director Candace Thille and Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun. In the panel, Dr. Hrabowski focused on the need for institutional culture change in order to develop and implement truly effective higher education innovations that … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Calls for Institutional Culture Change at White House Summit

Pres. Hrabowski Reveals What College Means to Him in CollegeBound Video

The CollegeBound Foundation kicked off their “What College Means to Me” series with a video featuring President Hrabowski. The CollegeBound Foundation works in Baltimore City and encourages students to attend college. The video followed Dr. Hrabowski around campus as he discussed what he learned in college. “College taught me… to think independently and to figure out what I really believed and what was important to me in life,” he said. Dr. Hrabowski also counseled students who are unfamiliar with postsecondary education to visit a college campus and see themselves there. “I want you to believe in yourself,” he encouraged. “Nothing … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Reveals What College Means to Him in CollegeBound Video

Pres. Hrabowski Highlights Effective Strategies to Support Students in The Chronicle

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, a powerful column by President Hrabowski challenges colleges and universities to more effectively support student success by focusing on institutional culture change. Dr. Hrabowski recalls the beginnings of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and Choice Program, and the lessons UMBC has learned about helping students from all backgrounds succeed. The Meyerhoff program has served as a model for new programs across the nation, including the Hopps Scholars Program at Morehouse College and recent efforts at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The central question for any university is how to … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Highlights Effective Strategies to Support Students in The Chronicle

New York Times Suggests Silicon Valley Recruit Tech Talent From Universities Like UMBC

A recent editorial in The New York Times examined the lack of diversity at technology companies in Silicon Valley. Technology giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, have admitted to having low numbers of women and minority employees and are now working to improve diversity in the workplace. The editorial suggests that one way to address the problem is to recruit employees from universities that focus on helping women and minorities graduate with degrees in technical fields. President Hrabowski discussed how UMBC helps underrepresented groups excel in science and engineering. “[UMBC] produces many women and minority graduates in science and … Continue reading New York Times Suggests Silicon Valley Recruit Tech Talent From Universities Like UMBC

Pres. Hrabowski’s Encouraging Message for Maryland Parents in The Baltimore Sun

Last week, President Hrabowski spoke at a parent empowerment and engagement forum sponsored by the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County. At the forum, as HCPSS discussed a program to help parents track student achievement, Dr. Hrabowski encouraged parents to take advantage of educational opportunities and resources and be increasingly involved in their children’s learning. “I want parents to understand how very important it is for them to play a key role in helping their students achieve in school,” he said. “And I want parents to understand that they needed to … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski’s Encouraging Message for Maryland Parents in The Baltimore Sun

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Degree to Career Pathways in The Washington Post

Many in the U.S. see focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as a way to encourage innovation and improve American competitiveness. However, a recent study found that most STEM graduates work in other fields. This has fueled discussion around whether there is a shortage or surplus of STEM workers. President Hrabowski commented on the debate, saying that the report ignores the realities of the job market. He emphasized the importance of looking at how STEM graduates use their degrees in various fields, stating that many UMBC students receive job offers before graduation because of shortages in fields … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Degree to Career Pathways in The Washington Post

Pres. Hrabowski Interview on EvoLLLution Focuses on Supporting First-Generation College Students

President Hrabowski examines college accessibility issues for first-generation students and how universities can help them succeed in a new interview on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education. Many first-generation students struggle with the application process, Dr. Hrabowski notes, because they may not have someone in their household who can guide them through the system, knowing what it takes to be successfully admitted to and enrolled in a university. In the interview, Dr. Hrabowski emphasizes how universities must adapt to more effectively support these students, saying, “Part of innovation means looking in the mirror and understanding that the world … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Interview on EvoLLLution Focuses on Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pres. Hrabowski Speaks at Campus Technology Conference

President Hrabowski gave the keynote address at the Campus Technology 2014 annual conference in Boston this week. The conference focuses on the use of innovative technology in higher education. Dr. Hrabowski addressed the large volume of data available in higher education today and how institutions must work to develop stories with meaningful context around the numbers, to more effectively interpret them. He also mentioned areas on UMBC’s campus that allow technology to be integrated into the classroom, saying, “We need to be rethinking our spaces on campus to stimulate active learning through the technology students bring with them.” Dr. Hrabowski … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Speaks at Campus Technology Conference

Pres. Hrabowski on NPR and WYPR

President Hrabowski was a guest on both NPR’s Tell Me More and WYPR’s Midday With Dan Rodricks this Wednesday, discussing mentorship and the graduation gap in higher education. A frequent guest of Tell Me More, Dr. Hrabowski joined host Michel Martin on the show’s final Wisdom Watch segment to discuss the role of mentorship in his personal life and at UMBC. Recalling the importance of mentorship during his childhood and early career, Dr. Hrabowski discussed why mentoring is part of the culture at UMBC and how it creates a supportive environment for students and faculty. “People don’t make it by … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski on NPR and WYPR

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses ACE Fellows Program in “Diverse”

A recent article about the American Council on Higher Education (ACE) Fellows Program in the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education quotes President Hrabowski. The ACE Fellows Program seeks to prepare college leaders for senior-level positions in higher education. The program has been successful in increasing the number of minority and women presidents in colleges and universities. Dr. Hrabowski has participated in the program as a mentor, training administrators like Dr. Jack Thomas, who is now president of Western Illinois University. Dr. Hrabowski praised the mission of the program, calling it “one of those rare opportunities in American higher education … Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski Discusses ACE Fellows Program in “Diverse”

President Hrabowski Discusses College Access in Trusteeship Magazine

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski recently wrote an essay on the importance of education to the promise of the American Dream in Trusteeship, a magazine published by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. In his essay, Dr. Hrabowski recounts the history of access to higher education, from the G.I. bill that enabled veterans to attend college to present-day legislation further extending access. He encourages college and university leaders to continue making education accessible to under-served populations, saying, “We must invest in our children and young people, in education, and in research if we’re to continue to grow and … Continue reading President Hrabowski Discusses College Access in Trusteeship Magazine

President Hrabowski on EvoLLLution

President Hrabowski participated in an interview about innovation and the changing culture of higher education on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education. Dr. Hrabowski emphasized the importance of innovation to the success of colleges and universities in meeting student needs, and discussed the need to welcome nontraditional students. He also encouraged optimism in higher education, saying, “My colleagues and I at UMBC are determined to remain young as an institution and as people” by always focusing on new opportunities to grow. Click here to listen to the interview. Continue reading President Hrabowski on EvoLLLution

As USM Seeks New Chancellor, Pres. Hrabowski Affirms Commitment to UMBC

On Tuesday, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan announced his plans to retire as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). As the search begins for a new chancellor, the Baltimore Business Journal and Washington Business Journal have highlighted President Hrabowski as an exceptional Maryland leader, recognized nationally for his commitment to helping students from all backgrounds succeed. WBJ Managing Editor Robert Terry says our president has “proven himself a visionary,” but Hrabowksi affirms he is staying put. “I’m seeing how we are building an institution that’s a national model,” Hrabowski says. “I really do believe in UMBC.” Continue reading As USM Seeks New Chancellor, Pres. Hrabowski Affirms Commitment to UMBC