WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- University of the District of Columbia President Allen L. Sessoms announced a two-day conference, "Washington, Race, and Public Higher Education." The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th at the University campus on Van Ness and Connecticut Avenue NW, in the Library, building #41.
The conference will open on Friday morning with a panel of three visiting university presidents moderated by President Allen Sessoms. They will explore the limits and possibilities of higher education in the coming decades.
Four additional panels will present scholars from across the country. Panels include:
Access Secured: Programs that Succeed will explore the three successful programs that have achieved outreach and diversity;
Elements of the University: Change and Continuity will present aspects of historical development in higher education, which have influenced the current character of the university;
A Shifting Landscape will focus on the interrelationship between the District and higher education;
Black and White: Race Then and Now will explore the origins of black studies in the District, African American consciousness in the 1970s, and the role of women's studies on minority campus and for minority faculty and students.
The University is celebrating 160 years since its founding in 1851 as the first public college in Washington, DC. On the occasion of its anniversary it is publishing a history book of the University, Since 1851: 160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation's Capital, which will be available at the conference.
The conference is open to the community of researchers, academics, educators and public policy specialists interested in past and future of higher education and the District.
As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.
The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit: http://www.udc.edu/equal_opportunity.
The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - (267) 284–5000
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