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Large crowd for PCC's Black History Month event at OMSI

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PCC District President Preston Pulliams enjoys a humorous chat with Ella Booth and Kristin Watkins, director of Institutional Advancement. Many PCC staff, students, faculty and administration attended Freeman A. Hrabowski III’s lecture on “The Access Imperative: Creating a Climate of College-Level Success for all Students” at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry Feb. 8. The event, in honor of Black History Month, was sponsored by the Union Bank of California.

Hrabowski takes a moment before the breakfast to talk with Pulliams. Hrabowski, who has written two books, is president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a prominent proponent of math and science education, with an emphasis on minority participation.

Organizer and MC of the event was Sylvia Welch, director of Affirmative Action. Welch said that the college was honored to host Dr. Hrabowski, who spoke before more than 100 guests at OMSI.

Tables all over the room at OMSI were full with faculty like this one, from left to right, which included Frank Goulard (math), second from the left; Michael Dembrow (composition and literature), middle; and James Harrison (history), far right. They were there to listen to Hrabowski’s take on how to develop ideas, strategies, and outcomes that will enable us to do a better job of being of service to all of our students.

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