The University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) luncheon, held on June 14, 2013, was organized by The Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford (Liberian Consulate General and UCL Founder) and her team, was attended by over 41 participants representing 12 Universities and Colleges from Georgia and Alabama (see list below). The Honorable Christopher Nippy and the Honorable Doliakah Quoimie from the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia were special guests at the luncheon.
After of the blessing of the meal by Reverend Robert S. Wulah, Senior Pastor, Liberian Christian Fellowship and Vice President of the Liberian Ministers Association, Mr. Tom Crick, Associate Director Conflict Resolution of the Carter Center, introduced the guest speaker. During opening remarks, Honorable Christopher Nippy, First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs, shared the educational needs of Liberia, while emphasizing the bright future that lies ahead for this great nation. He also challenged UCL partners to make good on promises already made, and welcomed others to join the work. The luncheon included the installation of Dr. Carlton Brown as the first President of the UCL. Dr. Brown’s first act as president was to call the meeting to order and, to invite a representative from each University and College to share their past, present, and future work for the country of Liberia (five updates attached). The luncheon appropriately culminated as each partner was pinned with a small Liberian flag on their left shoulder. This symbolic action represents the collaboration and unity that the UCL pledged towards educational endeavors in the country of Liberia, West Africa. The Liberian Consul General, a MAP Board member recently returned from a trip to Liberia with the MAP President to present medical supplies and materials to various communities to help combat the ulcer and other medical ailments.
Over the next few weeks, Hon. Blandford will meet with Dr. Brown to provide a more detailed framework for the UCL including establishing UCL as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Georgia State University, Savannah State University and the Technical College System of Georgia will be participating in an educational needs assessment August 31 – September 9, 2013, in Liberia, hosted by the Honorary Consul General to further the mission of the UCL and in keeping with the “Vision 2030” to help build an educated and trained workforce to support a future middle class in Liberia.
- Clark Atlanta University
- Georgia Tech
- Georgia State University
- University of Georgia
- The Carter Center
- Emory University
- Savannah State University
- Kennesaw State University
- Atlanta Technical College
- Tuskegee Institute
- Mercer University
- Technical College System of Georgia
- Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Special thanks to the Honorary Consul General’s Circle of Friends for their professional assistance in the planning and organizing of this event and to the Coca-Cola Company for their generous sponsorship.