For Immediate Release
September 19, 2013
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BROCKPORT, NY—The president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities spoke to a packed crowd at The College at Brockport, State University of New York’s Diversity Conference Sept. 19. Muriel Howard, PhD, delivered the keynote address, “Community and the 21st Century Student.”
The theme of this year’s conference, which is Brockport’s 13th annual, is “Building Community through Diversity: Championing Access and Equity.” And Howard’s talk focused on the role public colleges and universities play in realizing such an accomplishment. Howard commended Brockport for its commitment to diversity, citing the annual conference as evidence. Such a commitment, she said, is necessary in educating the next generation of American leaders.
“I believe your students already understand that if they are to become successful leaders that they will have to engage constituencies of varied backgrounds,” Howard said. “Diverse schools enrich the lives of all students and prepares them to be successful in a multicultural world.”
Howard is the first African American to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, DC and is the first female president of AASCU. In that role, she serves as an advocate for public higher education at the national level. Howard has a close affiliation to the State University of New York, having served as president of Buffalo State College from 1996 to 2009. She also spent 23 years working in various leadership capacities at the University at Buffalo.
Howard’s keynote kicked off a full slate of events that including a wide range of educational workshops, a multicultural food tasting and a number of different performances. The morning was also highlighted by announcing the recipients of Brockport’s Diversity Engagement Awards. This year’s winners were student Amen Ptah, staff member Brittany Profit-Rheinwald and faculty member Barbara LeSavoy.
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