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By Sumyeria Taylor
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Hrabowski Emphasizes Importance of College Mentors at Bouchet Forum

Freeman A. Hrabowski

WASHINGTON (September 18, 2013) – Freeman A. Hrabowski, Ph.D., president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), was honored at the Bouchet Forum with the Eighth Annual Bouchet Legacy Award for his contributions to expanding educational access and opportunities for students.

The Bouchet Forum provides a platform to comment on educational topics in the United States. The Edward Bouchet Legacy Award recognizes esteemed educators and advocates whose steadfast commitment and dedicated leadership to cultivating a new generation of scholars upholds Bouchet’s groundbreaking contributions to the academy.

Hrabowski discussed the importance of mentorship for college students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He said strong mentors and skilled advisors are able to provide diverse perspectives as students prepare themselves to take part in the workforce and civil society. He emphasized the importance of professors, faculty, and staff members taking a larger role in mentoring.

“Mentoring is very serious business as it allows students to connect in ways that make a difference,” Hrabowski said. “If you want to be the best students, say to your mentor and professors, ‘Help make me better; I know I can improve.’”

Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of UMBC since 1992 and is a consultant on science and mathematics education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

This year’s Bouchet forum also recognized two additional institutional partners: University of California, Los Angeles, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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