UNCF Leaders' Luncheon on Education
On February 18, 2011, my team of four from Travelers
Community Relations attended the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Leaders'
Luncheon on Education at the Best Buy headquarter. It was an amazing and very
inspirational lunch. Many leaders such as Governor Dayton, President and CEO of
UNCF- Michael Lomax, Mayor of Minneapolis, President of Best Buy- Mike Vitelli,
President of AT&T- Bob Bass and many more to names also attended this event.
Also unforgettable Dr. Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith, the winner of this year 2011
Minnesota Flame Bearer's Award.
Some facts and background about UNCF:
"UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs strengthens it 39 private member colleges and universities and advocates for the importance of minority education." UNCF motto is "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Travelers also have a strong relationship with UNCF. We sponsor about 10 scholars from this organization. Last year, the Leaders' Luncheon was actually hosted at Travelers Saint Paul too. Since my internship at Travelers, I have not worked with UNCF yet, but I think this event will be a great introduction in getting to know the organization and later building greater relationships with them. This year, the luncheon was host to honor the 2011 Minnesota Flame Bearer's Award and to bring all their community supporters in Minnesota together. The award is given to a candidate who has shown dedication in education and initiative in helping others. Again, Dr. Hallie B. Hendrieth-Smith received this award, she the first African American women principal in the North Area at Willard Elementary School. She have had a long passion for education and serving the Minneapolis School District. The luncheon closed with an interesting conversation between Gov. Mark Dayton and UNCF President Michael L. Lomax on education.
Some great things I walked away from this lunch were:
· Mayor R.T. Rybak, City of Minneapolis, have visited every 9th grade class in the Minneapolis School District in the past 7 years and told them all that going to college is require, no exceptions, no excuses.
· Gov. Dayton, would like to start and focus more on early childhood education because in order for students to achieve or go onto higher education you'll have to start teaching/telling them from the day of birth.
· During the conversation between Gov. Mark Dayton and Dr. Lomax, Gov. Dayton mention that in order to better educate students to pursue a higher education you will need
1. A good teacher in every classroom
2. A good or great principle in every school
3. Keep students in school for longer days/weeks/year
Overall, I enjoyed the lunch and it absolutely showed me a different view in education and helping the communities.