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Education strategist to discuss college access and diversity at Think Forum lecture

This fall, 10 first-year students came to Case Western Reserve University from New Orleans as the university’s first Posse Scholars. Now, the founder and president of the foundation that helped bring them to campus will deliver the second 2017-18 Think Forum lecture.

Education strategist Deborah Bial, of the Posse Foundation, will present “Diversity and Higher Education: Its Complicated Context” Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

Joining Bial in conversation will be Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, the first Posse alumna to become a university president. Collado is known nationally for designing and implementing innovative approaches to higher education that expand student access and success in college.

The Posse Foundation is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. Using non-traditional selection criteria, promising students are selected to join a “posse,” a small group that will participate in a pre-collegiate training program and then enter as first-year students together at a specific Posse partnership college or university.

Case Western Reserve Trustee Scott Cowen, president emeritus at Tulane University, will moderate the discussion.

This event is free and open to all. Reserve tickets online at or by calling the box office at 216.368.6062.

Free shuttle service is offered for all Think Forum lectures. Shuttles depart from outside the Tinkham Veale University Center Linsalata Entrance (on Bellflower Road) beginning at 5 p.m. Return shuttles depart from the Maltz Performing Arts Center at the conclusion of the lecture.