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Historically black colleges discussed at Lone Star College-Kingwood

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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The importance of higher learning is one of many topics that will be discussed during Lone Star College-Kingwoods Black History Month. This year, Dr. Elfred Pinkard, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for administrative and academic management at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., will speak on higher education and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Student-Conference Center (SCC). He will explore the roles that HBCUs play in higher education and the relevance they have in todays society. Dr. Pinkard has such a vast knowledge of higher education due to his more than 35 years of experience in various roles at institutions of higher learning, said Kristen Wilkes, Intercultural Center coordinator. He has a deep understanding on how higher education works and why historically black colleges played an important role in the history of higher education and how they are still important today. According to Pinkards bio, he has served in various leadership roles including associate provost and interim provost/vice president for Academic Affairs at Dillard University, director for the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at Spelman College, executive vice president at Tougaloo College, and spent four years as a Woodrow Wilson National Administrative Fellow serving as chairperson of the Division of Social Services at Florida Memorial University. In addition to Pinkards work at HBCUs, he has served in administrative positions at Colgate University, The College of Wooster, and California State University-Long Beach. He began his career in higher education as a faculty member in the Division of Social Sciences at Miami-Dade College. We hope our students and the community will learn the history of higher education and how different the structure of higher education looked even 50 years ago. Its important for students to know why historically black colleges and universities were created and how beneficial they have been, Wilkes said. Many times HBCUs are not held in the highest regard for different reasons; however; our goal is to highlight the great and rich culture and history behind these institutions and the positive influence they have had in the lives of many. Pinkard earned his Doctor of Education degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy and a certificate of Advanced Study in Human Development from Harvard University. He completed his Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Morehouse College. LSC-Kingwood will host a variety of events to commemorate Black History Month. In addition to Pinkards event, the community is invited to attend a student panel discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the SCC and the Greek Step Show on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the SCC. Black History Month is a time to recognize the significant contributions that African-Americans have made here in the United States. It honors those who worked hard and effortlessly to help eliminate racial barriers and improve the quality of life for individuals, Wilkes said. For more information,, email Kristen.Wilkes@LoneStar.edu.

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