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Distinguished Visiting Professor: Bill Milliken, Communities in Schools Founder

Mon, Dec 05, 2011, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
TOPIC: At the Schoolhouse Door
Bill Milliken, noted youth advocate and founder of Communities in Schools, Inc., will describe how the battle for America’s future will be won or lost at the schoolhouse door. He sees the dropout problem as much more than an “education issue.” It is a social justice and civil rights issue, an economic and security issue, and an ethical and moral issue.

All are welcome to attend this free event. There will be a reception and book signing following the presentation and Q&A session. Copies of Mr. Milliken’s recent book, The Last Dropout: Stop the Epidemic!, will be available for purchase.

Bill Milliken has been a tireless advocate for disenfranchised youth and one of the foremost pioneers in the movement to connect schools with community resources to help troubled students graduate and succeed in life. In 1977, he and others developed a model organization, now known as Communities in Schools, for which he served more than 25 years as national president and currently is vice chairman of the board. He has advised four U.S. presidents of both parties and has received numerous awards, including the Edward A. Smith Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, the Champion for Children Award from the American Association of School Administrators, the National Caring Award from the Caring Institute, the Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and the National Jefferson Award for Public Service. Mr. Milliken has written and released three books: So Long, Sweet Jesus; Tough Love; and The Last Dropout; his fourth book, From the Rearview Mirror, will be released by Hay House in spring of 2012.