Thursday, January 20, 2011

Whitney Young program to showcase student fellows

WHAT: The Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will host a symposium to showcase the work of students who are current Fellows. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, February 4, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Conference room G in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus

DETAILS: The fellowship program is open to full-time students who are accepted into a graduate degree program at UIS and is designed to help students pursue and complete their degrees in a timely manner. The program also aims to enhance research and leadership skills through regular seminars and by involving students in public service projects that complement their academic disciplines.

The program is named after the late Whitney M. Young Jr., former Executive Director of the National Urban league, educator, and activist. The program carries on his legacy and is focused on graduate students who are underrepresented at UIS, including ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

During the symposium, current Fellows of the program will speak about both academic and public service work they have done this year in the classroom and in the community. Fellows will be available for discussion after formal presentations. Come out to see some of UIS’ best, brightest and most committed graduate students.

For more information about the symposium or the fellowship program, contact Cecilia Cornell, director of the program, at 217/206-7430 or email

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