Librarian Blogs: #REPOST “Carolina Connection: Supporting HBCUs In Their Quest Toward Innovation” (6.25.2014)

I read this article from “Carolina Connection” – news from the office of Senator Kay Hagan.  It looks interesting to me, as they talk about our University.  So I would like to share this article to our community through our Library Blog and other social Media tools.  Our MILE program is mentioned by our Senator.

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From Senator Hagan’s Carolina Connection:

North Carolina is home to 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities that provide students with a quality education. I’ve visited many of these campuses myself, and seen firsthand the exceptional work they’re doing to prepare students for the world ahead. (…) And Fayetteville State University could further develop initiatives that are helping to increase retention and completion rates among African American males, who have the lowest college completion rates in the country. At a recent Education Committee hearing I chaired in Washington, Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Jason DeSousa told my colleagues and me about the Male Initiative on Leadership and Excellence, or MILE program.

The MILE program takes students out of the classroom and exposes them to places they might not experience otherwise such as Wall Street, the White House and the U.S. Congress. On one of these trips to Wall Street in New York City, a young man named William turned to Dr. DeSousa and told him that he was going to graduate from Fayetteville State University and become a Wall Street banker.

Dr. DeSousa said that after that trip to New York, William’s GPA rose from a 2.3 to a 3.7 – all because he was able to set his sights on a goal that he had never known was available to him.

Read Senator’s Hagan’s full article here.



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