The PossePlus Retreat
The PossePlus Retreat was started by the first Posses at Vanderbilt University who felt it was important to do something that would create a positive impact for the campus community. These first Posse Scholars worked closely with Posse staff to create The PossePlus Retreat, a weekend of interactive and challenging workshops designed to tackle important national and campus issues. In the past, retreats have dealt with themes of race, meritocracy, class, gender, power, social responsibility, education just to name a few previous topics. During a PossePlus Retreat weekend, a cross section of the campus community—students, faculty and administrators come together to talk about the topic on a national, campus and personal level. By creating a safe space for dialogue between campus community members who may not ordinarily interact with one another, retreats today have become an important forum to engage in social, cultural and political issues.
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Latest NewsFall 2013
The Posse Foundation is proud to add the University of Virginia (U.Va.) to its roster of top-tier college and university partners. U.Va. will select its first Posse of 10 Scholars from Houston this December.Fall 2013
This September, Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial was awarded the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education for her work with The Posse Foundation.Fall 2013
Denison University Associate Provost Dr. Toni C. King is dedicated to supporting diverse leadership in the student body and faculty. With a career that includes teaching at a historically black college, an all-women’s college, two state universities, and, for the past 15 years, a liberal arts college, Toni believes that higher education should offer a transformative experience.Fall 2013
Bryn Mawr College junior Esteniolla Maitre began crusading for education reform as a high school student from Mattapan, Massachusetts. Now, with the support of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, she is preparing to be an influential leader in the education field.Fall 2013
In August, 180 Posse alumni attended the fifth annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference in New York City. The day-long conference included a presentation by Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial, a keynote address by Demos Distinguished Fellow and author Bob Herbert, as well as presentations by more than 30 guest speakers.Fall 2013
Nadia Marie Sasso, a graduate of Bucknell University, is the 2013 recipient of the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award. During the annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference held in New York City this past August, Nadia was honored for her commitment to social responsibility and her ability to inspire others.Fall 2013
As a trustee of Vanderbilt University with a respected 30-year career in finance, Posse National Board of Directors founding member Eugene “Gene” Shanks, Jr. is keenly aware of the importance of educational opportunity and the value of diversity.Fall 2013
Leading financial institution Bank of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation are critical supporters of The Posse Foundation.Fall 2013
The Posse Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of two members of the Posse family, alumnus Dallas Madlock and Scholar Dareon Cartman.Fall 2013
In June, representatives from Posse’s partner institutions gathered in New York City for the annual Liaison Conference.