Dr. Charleyse Pratt Presents Keynote Address

February 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — On Thursday, February 21, Dr. Charleyse Pratt presented the Black History Month keynote lecture at the University of Mount Union.

Instead of focusing her lecture solely on history, Cleveland State University employee Pratt discussed changing the future.

“I want you to have a thirst and an appetite to make change happen; the world is waiting for you,” she said.

Pratt discussed how education opens opportunities and challenges for people to change the future. “Education is the fuel that will take you wherever you want to go.”

She also stated that education can give people the courage to “become new.” Pratt outlined that in order for education to make people “new,” they must have a spirit of wonder, to find themselves and then to find their own voice.

“I will urge you to transform, to find your voice and then work on your legacy,” she said. “We can be so busy looking back that we miss what’s before us.”

While transforming and gaining education, Pratt stated that an education can separate a person from their history and shared that “we must never forget we are working together in our experiences.” She concluded by asking, “Time and change come to us all, what will you do?”

Pratt serves as director of the Learning Communities Programs and Partnerships at Cleveland State University. In this role, she serves as director for the Cleveland Transfer Connection, a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro-Campus where students are able to begin their undergraduate studies at Tri-C to earn an associate’s degree and then transfer to Cleveland State to complete the four-year baccalaureate degree.

Pratt was elected president of Cleveland State University’s Black Faculty and Staff organization for the tern 2012-2014. In addition, she participates as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Role and Status of Women and the University’s Retention and School Success subcommittee.

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