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University and Congressional Black Caucus Institute to sign Memorandum of Understanding April 19

April 16, 2010

Colorado State University and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute are poised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on April 19 to bring into focus issues related to the environment and diversity.

Non-partisan, non-profit organization

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to create opportunities for young African Americans whose backgrounds, interests and aspirations guide them toward public service. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi serves as chairman of the institute’s board of directors and will be at the MOU signing.

The MOU will support the newly launched Conservation Leadership through Learning initiative from the university’s Warner College of Natural Resources and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and in partnership with Mexico’s University of Southern Frontier. This innovative, masters-level specialization is aimed at preparing the next generation of conservation leaders to be big picture problem-solvers.

Details of the MOU agreement

  • A two-year scholarship for the Conservation Leadership Through Learning initiative.
  • Colorado State will serve in an advisory capacity on environmental issues to the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.
  • Opportunities will be pursued in which congressional representatives will serve as guest speakers in the Conservation Leadership Through Learning initiative.
  • Development of dynamic internship opportunities for CSU students with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

CSU representatives who will attend the signing are:

CSU student Leander Lacy who is the first scholarship recipient from this MOU agreement will also be in attendance.

Joining Congressman Thompson from the Congressional Black Caucus Institute are Art Collins, treasurer, Alicia Petersen, director, and Brie Moore.

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
Phone: (970) 491-0757