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President's Spotlight: Yale University honors UTB President García

The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences honored UT Brownsville President Juliet V. García with the Edward A. Bouchet Medal for her Outstanding Leadership in Diversity in Graduate Education on April 20, 2013.

Thomas Pollard, M.D., Juliet V. Garcia and Michelle D. Nearon Ph.D.
Pictured l-r: Thomas Pollard M.D., Dean of the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; Juliet V. Garcia, President of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Michelle D. Nearon PhD, Assistant Dean and Director of the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

President García delivered the keynote address during the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education, a dynamic and increasingly recognized academic conference, drawing New Haven community residents, scholars, administrators, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation.

“Learning about Edward Boucet’s life journey was inspirational and speaks to the fortitude of the human spirit,” President García said. “That was impressive in and of itself. But I was also able to meet many impressive young scientists from throughout the country gathered to present their research and network with each other. It filled me with great hope for our future knowing that we are in the hands of such talent.”

Edward A. Boucet graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Ph.D. from Yale in 1876, becoming the first African American awarded a Ph.D. in Physics the nation, and among the first 20 Ph.D.’s in physics of any race in America. Yet he was unsuccessful in getting a faculty position at Harvard, Yale or Johns Hopkins. Instead he spent his career at a variety of faculty and administrative positions at the high school level before retiring due to ill health.

The medal awarded to President Garcia is engraved with quote from Dr. Bouchet as he reflected on his own work, “I have endeavored to discharge my duty as a teacher and have aimed to be a good citizen.”

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