Samuel Mugo, Professor
Physical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science
The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success by Freeman A. Hrabowski
Access to ‘relevant’ quality education has created opportunities and empowerment in my pursuit for purposeful work. In my journey, environments that created impactful learning bore features including: a sense of authenticity, conversational, empathetic, relational, stirred aspirations, and fostered personal connection. I therefore deeply care on the future of higher education that provides learning that is relevant, dynamic, and that inclusively empowers students’ to adaptively thrive in a changing world.
‘The Empowered University by Freeman Hrabowski’ narrates the transformation ethos of University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMBC) —an institution that parallels MacEwan. The book posits that an empowered university fosters a “shared culture” of continual intentional self-reinvention towards “inclusive excellence”. While alive in MacEwan, insights therein resonate with our deliberate strive for a collaborative culture focused on commitment to inclusively train ‘engaged’, ‘connected’, and ‘inspired’ students. Yet, relevance is a constant flux and MacEwan continues to chart new horizons of ‘becoming’.
Year of Recognition: 2021