2018 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Principal Speaker: Geoffrey Canada
Best known for his advocacy for children and families in Harlem neighborhoods, Geoffrey Canada has been a leading figure in the field of urban education for more than 30 years and his block-by-block approach to combatting poverty via intensive educational and social intervention is seen as a national model. He is the president and former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, served as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, and was later appointed to the New York State Governor’s Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors. In addition to being an advisor and board member of several nonprofit organizations, Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America (1995; reissued as a graphic novel in 2010) and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America (1998). He has also written for a number of publications, including op-eds for The New York Times and Daily News. Canada received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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