Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Impact of Study Abroad in International Educator

hrabowskiPresident 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 to and interact comfortably with people who came here from other countries. I’m always working with colleagues to create a culture that’s welcoming, and we’re always encouraging both our American students and our students from other countries to go beyond their comfort zones.”

Click here to read “Seeing the Story Through Different Eyes” 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.

hrabowskiDr. 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 as The Choice Program, Dr. Hrabowski emphasized the role of universities as “community anchors, educators and researchers.” “The future will depend heavily on universities– not only the policies we shape but the leaders we produce,” he wrote.

He also called for higher education institutions to encourage its students to connect with people from different backgrounds and circumstances and to apply their classroom discussions of justice, economics, and history to work in the community. “We are having renewed conversations on our campus about how we can deepen our ties to the community and keep issues of inequality and inequity at the forefront of our teaching and service,” he shared.

To read the article titled “After the Cameras Leave” on Inside Higher Ed, click here.

Dr. Hrabowski also participated in a discussion with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker at the Urban Institute on Wednesday, May 18. The conversation centered around how to reduce racial opportunity gaps for boy and men of color and create trust between the police and impoverished communities.

Dr. Hrabowski spoke about the need to support boys and men of color and how The Choice Program at UMBC is one strategy for increasing trust. “We need many more programs like this so that before the difficulty arises, these people know each other,” he said. “There’s a role for places like universities to play in building these intervention strategies that can build trust.”

Click here to read excerpts from the conversation at the Urban Institute.

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

hrabowskiPresident 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 got through Mr. Meyerhoff’s work through the Meyerhoff program for producing scientists or what we get through our artist programs, humanities programs, is the notion of pulling people together from different backgrounds and helping them prepare to become leaders who will help people other than themselves,” he said.

Dr. Hrabowski also spoke about the importance of supporting students to ensure retention in STEM fields, his love for math, and the need for quality education in the lives of Baltimore city youth.

Click here to listen to “How The Civil Rights Movement Inspired UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski” on WYPR.

Pres. Hrabowski Featured in SmartCEO Magazine

hrabowskiSmartCEO’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 with people and get their points of view, the more trust and respect you build,” he said.

Several students, alumni, and faculty members shared how Dr. Hrabowski’s vision and leadership has inspired them. CEO of Potomac Photonics Mike Adelstein ’96, biochemistry and molecular biology, told SmartCEO why he moved his company to bwtech@UMBC, saying “The way that [Hrabowski] was building UMBC was the way that we wanted to build our company. He doesn’t judge a book by its cover. If a person is willing to work hard and has shown that he has an interest and a passion for what he’s doing, he will be given the opportunity. That is the way we have done things here at Potomac.”

The article concludes with Dr. Hrabowski describing UMBC’s goals. “We want UMBC to be a caring environment, a nurturing environment where we know the students, know their strengths, but also know their challenges, have a sense of their backgrounds,” he said. “We enjoy telling students that if they can succeed here, they can succeed anywhere in the world.”

Read “How Freeman Hrabowski transformed UMBC into an innovation hub and national education powerhouse” in SmartCEO here.

SmartCEO also published an article by Dr. Hrabowski about his love for Baltimore City. Dr. Hrabowski names diversity and a spirit of entrepreneurship as reasons why Baltimore is a vibrant community for all of its citizens. Read “Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, UMBC: Why I love Baltimore” here.

Pres. Hrabowski Recognizes Game Design as Future of Learning

hrabowskiIn 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 inspire similar dedication and to bring content to life,” he said. “Playing well-designed games, as well as creating them, can pack an educational punch.”

Dr. Hrabowski also mentions how Team HueBotics mentor Marc Olano, computer science, has worked with Anne Rubin, history, to redesign courses to include game design. He concludes, “The right use of technology in redesigned courses can improve teaching and learning…That’s why at UMBC we have said, ‘Let the games begin.'”

Click here to read “Video games in the classroom? Welcome to the future of learning” on CNBC.

Pres. Hrabowski Inspires at Maryland Arts Day 2015

hrabowskiPresident 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 the arts, drawing on his childhood experiences of balancing his love of mathematics with piano lessons. He said, “I didn’t understand that one could love math and love music. Because too often still today, we teach kids that they’re one thing or the other and the whole point of the arts is that it is to create whole citizens who understand you can do many things. I want every child to know and feel and embrace the artist within herself.”

Click here to find our more information about Maryland Arts Day and to watch a video of Dr. Hrabowski’s remarks.

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

photo 1On 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 support student success. “One of the challenges is that we sometimes pit one culture against another,” he says. “Math and science are part of the liberal arts. We need people who can think broadly, put technology in perspective.”

Watch video of the Summit below. Dr. Hrabowski’s panel begins at 59:50.

Read coverage of the Summit below.

Tracking the Second White House Summit (The Chronicle Storify)
At Second Higher Ed Summit, Obama Administration Mixes Praise and Accountability (Inside Higher Ed)
White House summit calls for using data to boost graduation rates (The Hechinger Report)
White House summit seeks to boost college graduation rates (Christian Science Monitor)