PHILADELPHIA (November 20, 2018) Temple University  College of Education launched their 100th Anniversary Celebrations with a Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday,  Nov. 15, 2018, at the Franklin Institute in the Franklin Theater,

222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia.

            The inaugural featured speaker was Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and president of the board of When We All Vote, a nonpartisan not-for-profit focused on voter registration.

            As the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama, she oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.

            The 100th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series is a forum to engage with thought leaders and innovative change-makers who inspire us to challenge our assumptions, explore the world from different angles, and shape the narrative of our shared experience.

            Dr. James Earl Davis, Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Higher Education served as the moderator for the interview with Jarrett.

          Jarrett provided  the College of Education community of faculty, students, alumni and donors  with an insider’s perspective on the thoughts and challenges in education policy; and reflections on her time during the Obama administration.

            “We chose Valerie Jarrett as our inaugural distinguished speaker because throughout her professional career she has exemplified an unfading commitment to ensuring that all Americans have both equity and full access to quality education which aligns well with the College of Education’s core mission and vision,” stated Grace A. Greenwich, Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations.

            Jarrett earned her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. Her many roles have included commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, chair of the Chicago Transit Board, and CEO of real estate firm The Habitat Company.

            The College of Education at Temple University, founded in 1919, supports the university as a national center for excellence in both teaching and research with an international presence and a special commitment to serving the communities of metropolitan Philadelphia. Temple’s richly diverse student population remains one of its greatest strengths. This diversity of people and perspectives enriches the college, influencing all aspects of academic life including its programs, curriculum, collaborations and field placements. From the college's founding, the college has cultivated a special relationship with the School District of Philadelphia. The College of Education, a national center for excellence in both teaching and research, is the largest school of education in metro-Philadelphia. The outstanding and dedicated alumni have served as superintendents, principals, school psychologists, counselors, educational researchers locally, nationally and across the globe.

            For more information about the College of Education and sponsorship opportunities, call (215) 204-0916.