Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lincoln University president discusses race, social mobility at D.C. higher education forum

Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen (third from left) speaks at an education event in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 2019. Also pictured, from left, Lehman College (CUNY) President José Luis Cruz, Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy Hall, and Georgia State University President Mark Becker. (Courtesy photo/Jack Fleming)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Speaking at a higher education event in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen called on education to “evolve its practices” in order to continue to drive social mobility for students of color and students from low income families.

“We have to acknowledge that the positive effects of social mobility are being challenged today.”
Allen joined other college leaders, researchers, students, and higher education policy makers and influencers from organizations such as the Brookings, Lehman College (CUNY), the American Council on Education, Georgia State University, and Pace University for a fast-paced, interactive event that combined short talks, big ideas, and breakout sessions.
“Social mobility remains an area of great racial disparity in this country,” Allen wrote in a prepared paper for the event. “Education has the potential to lessen the gap, if and only if it focuses on training individuals to thrive in today’s marketplace.” 

“A liberal arts education continues 
to be the most powerful 
educational approach to 
developing strong intellect and 
interpersonal savvy. The liberal 
arts’ use of curricular and 
co-curricular opportunities as 
vehicles for honing important 
skills, such as writing and 
problem-solving, along with 
developing interpersonal skills 
like leadership, ethics, and 
teamwork will surely produce 
graduates able to thrive in 
today’s economy, thus 
ensuring long-term success.”
Attendees at the event, titled 
“How Colleges Can Drive Social 
Mobility for Students of Color 
and Students from Low-Income 
Families,” identified the barriers 
that students and their colleges 
face when trying to climb the 
economic ladder with the help 
of higher education. The event 
was hosted by the TIAA 
Institute and The Education 
Trust, a national nonprofit that 
works to close opportunity gaps 
that disproportionately affect 
students of color and students 
from low-income families.
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