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Keynote Speaker Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman Hrabowski

President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

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  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    Maryland, USA

Suggested Keynote Speeches & Programs

  • Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males
  • Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women

About Speaker Freeman Hrabowski…

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Hrabowski’s new book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, out in May 2015, is about his experiences with the civil rights movement and how they led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. The program is recognized as a national model, and based on program outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science.

More About Freeman Hrabowski…

A child leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary Four Little Girls on the racially motivated bombing of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

Hrabowski and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’ achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence. In 2008, he was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMBC the nation’s #1 “Up and Coming” university the past six years (2009-14). During this period, U.S. News also consistently ranked UMBC among the nation’s leading institutions for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” – in 2014, other universities on the list included Princeton, Brown, Stanford and Yale. Time magazine named Hrabowski one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009 and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012.

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