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Former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Speak at MC Tuesday

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Category: Features

Published: Mar 4 2019 4:12AM

Please join Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard for a conversation exploring the politics of radical inclusion.

<b>Arne Duncan
Former US Secretary of Education
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville Campus
Tuesday, March 5
Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Program at 9 a.m.</b>

As the US Secretary of Education under President Obama, Arne Duncan visited schools in all 50 states to promote public investment in education, recruit new teachers, and increase college enrollment through larger Pell grants. His tenure as secretary followed seven years as the chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, during which applications for teaching positions tripled and 100 new schools were opened.

Duncan is currently the managing partner at Emerson Collective, an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity for youth. The Collective's work centers on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, it seeks to create inclusive communities for disconnected youth.
Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in sociology.

About the Series
The 2018-2019 Montgomery College Presidential Dialogue Series will explore the politics of radical inclusion. Building communities in which everyone feels welcomed is a "radical" ideal with many benefits, including higher academic achievement by students. Inclusive practices contribute to safe, healthy, productive neighborhoods and schools, where diverse people and ideas flourish. The past year has seen a fracturing of such ideals, with increasingly polarized national political rhetoric. Civil demonstrations of protest have been cast as disloyalty to the nation. Hostile political factions have paralyzed compromise and stalled urgent legislation. Immigrants have been vilified and diversity, discouraged. While intolerance appears to be on the rise, an alternative movement--radical inclusion--is gaining traction. Actively searching out ways to bring people on the margins into the community is one antidote to the marginalization so many experience. But it takes political will, civility, and many times, discomfort. This year's series will delve into the question: How can our nation create a politics of radical inclusion?

For information, call the President's Office at 240-567-5267 or visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/dialogues.

For special accommodations, please contact Lori Stegeman at 240-567-7301 or lori.stegeman@montgomerycollege.edu.

Attendance at one or more of these events meets mulitcultural and diversity training criteria for Montgomery College employees.

Join the conversation: #MCpresdialogues

Special thanks to our media sponsor, Bethesda Beat: Bethesda Magazine's Online News Briefing

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