Advance grant graphicJoin the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alabama ADVANCE Partnership for Achieving Gender Equity in STEM (APAGES) for the Alabama ADVANCE Spring Symposium on March 4 at 11:30 a.m. The symposium will feature Freeman Hrawbowski, Ph.D., who will discuss “Empowered and Inclusive Campuses: Broadening Racial and Gender Diversity in STEM.”

The symposium is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and hosted by APAGES, UAB, Alabama A&M University, Miles College, Oakwood University and Auburn University as part of the APAGES ongoing programming activities.

Hrabowski, a Birmingham-native and president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will share thoughts on shared leadership, culture change, and academic success and the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation.

Hrabowski, has served as president of UMBC since 1992. He is a widely-known consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He has been featured on 60 minutes and was a guest speaker for TEDTalks. In 2012, he was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He leads a university that has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. In 2012, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME, and more recently he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019), and the University of California, San Francisco’s UCSF Medal (2020). 

His most recent book, The Empowered University, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture. Copies of the book are available in the UAB Bookstore.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on how to register, visit  

About APAGES: The Alabama ADVANCE Partnership for Gender Equity, funded in fall 2019 as part of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program, is aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in science technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goals of the partnership are implementing institutional changes in practices and policies that inhibit gender equity and inclusion in STEM at partner institutions and increasing the representation and visibility of women, racial, ethnic minorities and other social identities in STEM departments by improving recruitment, retention and promotion practices and policies.