President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr Freeman A. Hrabowski III

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< $25,000

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Baltimore, MARYLAND

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During his 20-year run as president of UMBC, Dr. Hrabowski has transformed a young university into a research institution recognized as one of the most innovative in the country. His goal: continue building a campus that’s first-rate in research and instruction, and that prepares students of all backgrounds for success.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” More recently, he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and was named a recipient of the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019). UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.

  • Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Males

    Today, young Black men are more likely to be killed or sent to prison than to graduate from college. Yet, despite all the obstacles, some are achieving at the highest academic and professional levels. Freeman Hrabowski shares remarkable stories and shows audiences what African-American families have done to raise academically successful sons, sons who are among the top two percent of African-American males in terms of SAT scores and grades. He will show precisely how young African-American men can succeed despite the roadblocks of racism, the temptations of crime and drugs, and a popular culture that values being "cool" over being educated. This presentation offers insight, guidance, and hope for anyone concerned about the plight of young African-American men and the society they live in.
  • Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African-American Young Women

    Statistics indicate that African-American females, as a group, fare poorly in the United States. Many live in single-parent households-either as the single-parent mother or as the daughter. Many face severe economic hurdles. Yet despite these obstacles, some are performing at exceptional levels academically. Freeman Hrabowski provides a wealth of information about how and why they have succeeded--what motivates them, how their backgrounds and family relationships have shaped them, even how it feels to be a high academic achiever. He offers specific and inspiring examples of the practices, attitudes, and parenting strategies that have enabled these women to persevere and triumph. This presentation is an invaluable guide on creating the conditions that lead to academic-and lifelong-success.
He was king and gracious to everyone he met. He was generous with his ideas and engaged the audience every minute he spoke. Well worth the investment of time and resources to have him on campus. I wish we would have had him longer. Thanks for all your help!

—Assistant Dean, Faculty Services, UTSA Libraries

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