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A Moderated Dialogue with Members of the Legacy Alumni – Moving the Needle
March 25, 2021 @ 12:15 pm – 1:05 pm
Panelists: Donald Brown ’69, EdD; Teresa Burr ’70, G’73; and Richard Griffin ’73
Springfield College Moderator: Ian Delahanty, Assistant Professor of History
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Brown brings nearly 50 years of experience conceptualizing, developing, and implementing comprehensive academic support programs aimed at student retention. He is adept at developing mentoring opportunities to increase student and staff satisfaction. Brown is the founder and CEO of Brown and Associates Education & Diversity Consulting. His firm focuses on assisting middle schools, high schools, and two- and four-year colleges and universities in efforts to create welcoming environments aimed at ensuring the enrollment, retention, and graduation of first-generation, low-income students of color.
Burr spent most of her career in education. She served as director of Continuing Education (Evening College) at Springfield College for four years. From there she went from serving 300 students to 3,000 students at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) where her jobs over 36 years included as academic dean in the School of Liberal Arts Transfer and General Studies until her retirement in 2012. Her responsibilities at STCC allowed her to work directly with the urban community and to assist Greater Springfield residents reach their educational goals.
Griffin has more than 45 years of experience in the human relations field, including in program development, community relations, leadership development, family resources programming, higher educational preparation, and employment skills training.Griffin’s other work included as program director and recreation coordinator with After School College Access Programs, and as a parent coordinator for Gramercy Arts High School.