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Brooklyn, New York 11225
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Medgar Evers College, named for the martyred civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963), was established in 1970 by the Board of Higher Education of The City of New York as a result of the advocacy of community residents in Central Brooklyn, and educational and civic leaders throughout the City of New York.
In keeping with the philosophy of The City University of New York, the mission of the College is grounded in the belief that education is the right of all individuals in pursuit of self-actualization. In addition, the College continues to develop and maintain high quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in conjunction with a liberal arts education. We are committed to providing access, facilitating learning, and ensuring the success of its students in pursuit of their educational, career and personal goals.
We offer baccalaureate and associate degree programs with strong articulation between the two-year and four-year programs. Our non-degree educational programs in adult and continuing education, basic literacy, and high school equivalency, as well as our centers for research and community advocacy and our social and cultural programs serve a broad range of community residents’ needs.
Our students include accomplished scholars, such as our Business School students who captured first place in the Third Annual Wharton Undergraduate Marketing Conference case competition at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; the new inductees for the Lambda Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honors Society; students cited in the Salute to Scholars; and students who have presented original research at conferences in San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, among other venues during the past two years. Our student body is also engaged in both extra-curricular activities and in community service. Our Women’s Soccer Team won the CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championship in 2010; our Men’s Basketball team won the CUNYAC Championship this year; and our Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants regularly assists community residents with income taxes throughout the Spring semester.
We have also made strides in recruiting high quality tenure-track faculty. Within the past three years, two of our faculty members were awarded Fulbright scholarships, and another was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Our faculty members have also recently won awards from Minority Access Inc., the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Medgar Evers has also begun offering three new degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and an Accelerated Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Business Management Services. We recently opened Academic Building I, a five-story complex that houses our School of Science, Health and Technology, cutting-edge research labs, and new dining and meeting facilities. Additionally, we recently opened a new student lounge, as well as completed a $3.2 million dollar renovation of our campus swimming pool. In 2012, we will begin in $18.3 million dollar renovation of our College’s library, which will expand its total area – including student study areas, and enhance its physical and digital holdings.
Under the leadership of its current President, Dr. William L. Pollard, the College is poised to become the most student-centered College in CUNY and beyond. Medgar Evers College intends to continue recruiting high quality faculty and counselors in order to strengthen programs designed to increase retention and graduation. As enrollment increases, the College seeks to keep pace with the needs of an ever more diverse population by adding to its bilingual support services staff, as well as enhancing the services provided to its veteran and differently-abled student populations.
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Medgar Evers College has the distinction of being the youngest of the four-year senior colleges in The City University of New York. In the early 1960's, the Central Brooklyn community recognized the need and expressed a desire for a local public college. Through various community organizations including, but not limited to, the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council, and the NAACP, and through their local elected officials, the residents of Central Brooklyn approached the Board of Higher Education of the City of New York with this request. Members of the various community-based organizations constituted the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services, which served as the primary vehicle for interfacing with the Board of Higher Education. After many discussions and much involvement by community residents and the Coalition, the Board of Higher Education, on November 17, 1967, "approved the sponsorship of Community College Number VII, with the indication of an intention to admit students in the Fall of l969."
On 13 February 1968, the Board of Higher Education announced that the college would be located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. On 27 January 1969 the Board approved the establishment of an "experimental four-year college of professional studies offering both career and transfer associate degrees and the baccalaureate degree, to be located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, said college to be established in place of a previously approved but not started new Community College VII, and further directed that the City University Master Plan be amended accordingly." This action was endorsed by action of the Regents on March 20, 1970.
The Board of Higher Education Proceedings of April 14, 1970 reflect the Board action, which modified the 1968 Master Plan to delete Community College Number Seven and listed in lieu thereof under Senior College, "College XVII, Mid-Brooklyn, Initial Facilities, Estimated Cost: $10,000,000." The College was officially established on July 30, 1970 when Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller signed the legislation approving the "establishment of an experimental four-year college of professional studies offering both career and transfer associate degrees and the baccalaureate degree..." Finally, on September 28, 1970 the Board of Higher Education approved the recommendation from the College’s Community Council that the name of the college be Medgar Evers College, in honor of the martyred civil rights leader, Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963). In recognition of this, September 28th is observed as "Founders’ Day" at Medgar Evers College.
On December 2, 1970, the Medgar Evers College Community Council, chaired by John Enoch, and the Board of Higher Education co-hosted an announcement ceremony at the Y.M.C.A. on 139 Monroe Street in Brooklyn. Chairman Enoch stated, ";The Medgar Evers College, reflecting the image of the martyred leader who dedicated his life to the cause of individual freedom, dignity and personal fulfillment, will add another pillar of strength to the growing educational, economic, cultural and social foundations of the central Brooklyn community and New York City." Mr. Evers’ widow, Mrs. Myrlie Evers, and two of the couple’s three children flew in from Claremont, California for the ceremony. She was presented a scroll that cited Mr. Evers’ "...effective contribution to the cause of human freedom and dignity...In choosing the name of Medgar Evers, it is our hope that his ideals will inspire students and faculty of the college in their pursuit of truth as the surest path to human freedom and social justice."
The community was then and continues to be an important force in the life of the College. The method of planning for the college and selection of its first president were unprecedented in the history of the Board of Higher Education. For the first time, representatives of the local community participated actively in the decision-making process. Seven members of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Coalition on Educational Needs and Services served on the Presidential Search Committee and the mandated Community Council was organized in the Spring of 1970 under the leadership of Mr. John Enoch, Acting Chairman. The sense of commitment and service to the community, which pervades throughout the College, may be attributed directly to the multi-faceted roles, which the Community Council and the community as-a-whole, have played in the establishment, growth and development of this institution.
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