Spring 2015| Posse National Newsletter


News + Events - Spring 2015

Deborah Bial Delivers University of Rochester Commencement Address

Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial delivered the commencement address at the University of Rochester on May 17, 2015. The university has been a Posse partner since 2014, selecting Scholars from Posse D.C.

“Deborah Bial is a change agent in United States higher education and I’m delighted she will deliver this year’s commencement address,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “Her development of The Posse Foundation to support highly qualified urban students as they pursue higher education and beyond has had significant impact, both on the lives of individual students as well as on the colleges and universities they have attended.”

Posse Launches Consulting Department

The Posse Foundation received a $500,000 grant from the Heckscher Foundation for Children to launch Posse Consulting, a new department that will leverage Posse’s 26 years of expertise to expand its impact in higher education and to increase its influence over how college access programs and corporate diversity initiatives approach and address the challenges related to promoting equity in their organizations.

Posse Consulting will offer services to corporations, institutions of higher education, K-12 education programs, nonprofit organizations and government agencies seeking to strengthen diversity training, leadership development and successful college programming.

Yale School of Forestry Becomes Posse Graduate School Affiliate

The Posse Foundation is proud to be affiliated with a growing number of elite universities that offer scholarships and other forms of financial aid to support graduate study for Posse alumni. The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is the latest to sign on and will offer at least one full-tuition fellowship for Posse alumni accepted into any of its full-time graduate programs. The internationally renowned school offers master’s degrees and doctoral programs that prepare graduates to address local, regional and global environmental issues.

Posse’s other graduate school affiliates include Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College Schools of Information Systems & Management and Public Policy & Management; Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Science; Northeastern University D’Amore McKim School of Business; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and the School of Law; and University of Washington’s College of Education, Evans School of Public Affairs and School of Social Work.

Upcoming Posse Conferences

Liaison Conference - Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Posse Foundation will welcome representatives from its college and university partners at the annual Liaison Conference in New York City. Hosted by Bank of America, this year’s conference will focus on efforts to best position Scholars to take on leadership positions in the workforce.

National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference - Saturday, July 18, 2015
Posse alumni from across the country will gather in New York City for the seventh annual National Posse Alumni Leadership Conference. Sponsored by Goodwin Proctor and The New York Times Company, the event is a unique networking opportunity for the alumni community and will feature prominent speakers and the 2015 winner of the Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award. Posse alumni can register here: npalc2015.eventbrite.com

Presidents Conference on Higher Education - Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Posse Foundation Presidents Conference on Higher Education is a biannual gathering of college presidents and leaders of philanthropic foundations. This year’s conference, co-hosted by New York Public Library President Tony Marx and sponsored by Deloitte LLP, will explore conceptions of merit and their impact on diversity, inclusion and equity at our most selective institutions of higher education.

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