D&E’s Morgan Attends Salzburg Seminar on Disadvantaged Students

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Friday, January 23, 2015

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Professor of Chemistry Dr. Oma Morgan was among 60 college and university leaders and scholars from throughout the world to attend a Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. The topic of the session was “Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them: A Global Perspective.”

The session focused on finding ways to provide better opportunities for disadvantaged students to achieve success at the college level. The program was designed and implemented in partnership with the recently launched Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and with Educational Testing Service.

Prior to the session, participants developed short papers addressing common cross-cutting issues that institutions serving disadvantaged and marginalized communities face and innovative approaches to addressing these issues. While in Salzburg, they discussed the most pressing issues that they collectively face and, drawing upon the diversity of experience and knowledge, developed innovative ways to address them that span national and institutional borders. Among topics examined in the session were the financial resources of institutions serving marginalized populations, student learning and development, and faculty supply and development.

Key findings from the session will be the basis for a report to be published via the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania.

Morgan earned her Ph.D., Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Queens College, City University of New York, N.Y. At Davis & Elkins, her teaching areas are general, organic and analytical chemistry and organic techniques.

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