Community Education Summit

On Friday, March 6, 2015, Mayor Brown and the City of Jacksonville hosted the third annual Community Education Summit at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville, focusing on the importance of promoting college opportunities and success for our students. 

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Hrabowski, one of our nation’s most celebrated and innovative leaders in higher education, to Jacksonville,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “His work has paved the way for generations of young people who are underrepresented on college campuses to achieve academically in some of the most competitive and challenging fields. He believes, as I do, that we must have high expectations for our young people, and we must provide them with the support they need to meet and exceed those expectations. I look forward to hearing from him as we continue our community partnerships to ensure the success of the next generation.”  


"It’s no longer enough to get students in the door. Four decades of working in education and researching best practices have shown me just how important community engagement and partnerships are to that work.

That’s why initiatives like Jacksonville’s Community Education Summit, hosted by Mayor Alvin Brown, are so critical. The summit will bring together educators from across the city and county, and will engage parents, business leaders and community members in the important work of increasing student success."

 - Read Dr. Hrabowski's March 4 op-ed in the Florida Times-Union in support of the Community Education Summit's goals.

Watch Dr. Hrabowski's keynote remarks at the March 6 summit.

Watch Dr. Hrabowski's 2013 TED Talk, "4 pillars of college success in science", presented at an official TED conference and since viewed by over 740,000 people.
To read the transcript, 
click here.

About Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

In 2008, Dr. Hrabowski was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UMBC the nation’s #1 “Up and Coming” university for the past six years (2009-14).  During this period, in 2014, U.S. News also consistently ranked UMBC among the nation’s leading institutions for “Best Undergraduate Teaching”, and other universities on the list included Princeton, Brown, Stanford, and Yale.   TIME magazine named Dr. Hrabowski one of “America’s 10 Best College Presidents” in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.  In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation’s highest awards among higher education leaders.  Also in 2011, he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for his contributions to improving the “Human Condition” and was among the inaugural inductees into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame.

With philanthropist Robert Meyerhoff, he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in 1988. The program is open to all high-achieving students committed to pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, and advancing underrepresented minorities in these fields. The program is recognized as a national model, and based on program outcomes, Hrabowski has authored numerous articles and co-authored two books, Beating the Odds and Overcoming the Odds (Oxford University Press), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males and females in science. He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.

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About Mayor Brown's Education Initiatives

Jacksonville’s Community Education Summit is one of Mayor Brown’s education initiatives, a series of coordinated programs aimed at delivering high-quality education to all students. These include Mayor’s Mentors, which pairs trained volunteers to provide support to at-risk middle school students, and Learn2Earn, which provides a week of college immersion at local universities to high school students who would be the first in their families to attend college.

Office of Mayor Alvin Brown
Attn: Education Commissioner
117 W. Duval St., Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-1776