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Eminent engagement expert to visit FIU


WHAT: A national authority on university-community engagement, Ira Harkavy, founding director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be visiting Florida International University to discuss FIU’s engagement efforts and help create strategies and avenues for faculty, students and partners to work together to tackle critical community issues. The FIU Office of Engagement is using the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center as a model.

Harkavy will be delivering the first of two scheduled Honors College Excellence Lectures as well. Also, he will be visiting Miami Northwestern Senior High School to provide insight to the leadership team and 40 community organization leaders that are partnering in The Education Effect, a university-assisted community school partnership to improve student achievement in Liberty City. The initiative was established through a generous gift from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

WHO:  Harkavy earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as an advisor to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to help formulate its Office of University Partnerships.

The nationally renowned expert is a member of various boards, including the Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation, the International Consortium on Higher Education and the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, among others.

WHEN AND WHERE:  Thursday, January 19, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Media Center at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, 1100 Northwest 71st Street in Miami, and from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the College of Business Complex, room 155, at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade. The Honors College Excellence Lectures event at FIU is open to the public.