CCAC Allegheny Campus will host motivational speaker Muhibb Dyer on March 21
Dyer to speak on retention and success for African-American college students
—The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will present nationally known speaker Muhibb Dyer on Tuesday, March 21, in the Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the presentations, and a reception will take place after both sessions, which are open to students, educators and members of the community.
Dyer, who has conducted thousands of seminars and speeches in inner city public schools, juvenile correction facilities, adult prisons, colleges and community centers, will give a talk titled Survivor’s Guilt: A Dropout Recovery Presentation. Dyer takes the college student on a journey using inspirational anecdotes and personal experiences to convince his listeners that, not only is college the place where they need to be, it is one of the keys to the upward mobility of their friends and family back home. Dyer emphatically impresses on them that they have the amazing opportunity of becoming a symbol of hope for the communities they come from, which is the greatest form of help that anyone can give.
A native Milwaukeean, Dyer was born and raised in the infamous 53206, the most incarcerated zip code in America. Despite the fact that many of his childhood peers fell prey to homicide and incarceration, he managed to survive the pitfalls of inner-city life and ultimately graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Policies and Community Studies. While still in college, Dyer discovered his passion for using his voice to give hope to the children of the ghetto, never forgetting the many that were not afforded the same opportunities as himself. Seventeen years later, he has reached a quarter of a million youth in more than 25 states through his emotionally charged keynote addresses, workshops and theatrical presentations.
The 4:00 p.m. event is open to the media, including still/video cameras.
The Foerster Student Services Center is located at 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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