BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s
Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) celebrates 40 years of service
to the community with a week-long open house program at its new
home, that includes presentations on the Underground Railroad,
African-American popular culture and a meet-and-greet information
session on resources for international students.
The weeklong celebration also allows past and present students,
faculty and staff the chance to network and share their experiences
of the center’s history of serving students. The EOC has
spent decades helping adult students return to the pathway that
leads to secondary and post-secondary education and training. These
opportunities have given EOC students the chance to provide a
better way of life for themselves and their families.
"As we moved into our new facility in the downtown campus, we
could not help but be in awe of the opportunity that this would
provide both our students and the community,” says Julius
Gregg Adams, EOC executive director.
“The University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center
has a 40-year history of providing workforce development and
post-secondary support to those who are underserved. This
state-of-the-art building, committed faculty and staff, and new
leadership will be able to reintroduce the community to the
University at Buffalo EOC as an important asset for adult and
community education, job and career training and college
What: The EOC’s 40 Anniversary Week celebration. A
series of events to recognize EOC partners, emphasize its
commitment to diversity, honor its past and connect to its future.
The EOC will also conduct tours of its new home, which opened in
When: Monday to Friday, Sept. 23 to 27.
Where: All activities will be in the EOC’s new
68,000-square-foot, $26 million facility at 555 Ellicott St.,
adjacent to the expanding downtown medical campus.
Schedule of Activities: Events begin 8 a.m. Monday, Sept.
23, with a continental breakfast reception to recognize those from
the community who have supported EOC over the years. Tours of the
new building will be available until 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 24: Opening Doors through Cultural
The EOC will hold two events to highlight the Center’s
diverse population. There is an International Student Information
Fair with community agencies that provide services for
international students from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a
Hispanic Heritage Celebration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our
Stephen Marc, professor of art at Arizona State University, will
talk about the Underground Railroad from its inception through
America’s Civil Rights Movement. Marc is a digital artist and
photographer who traveled to 20 states and Canada documenting
places and people involved with the Underground Railroad. His
presentation is 3 to 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public,
and is free and open to the public.
The EOC will hold a reception for retirees, alumni, faculty and
staff at 4:30 p.m. RSVP to Sandra Bunkley, 716-645-1914.
Thursday, Sept. 26: Opening the Doors to the Future of
Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of black popular culture at Duke
University, will speak on black urban and popular culture in the 21
Century economy. Neal has written and lectured extensively on black
masculinity, sexism and homophobia in the African-American
community and the history of popular music. His presentation is
from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Friday, Sept. 27: 40th Anniversary Fundraising
This special event will highlight the conclusion of the
week-long celebration. Partners, community supporters, EOC staff,
students and alumni will come together to dine and generously
support EOC students at this dinner. Proceeds will be directed to
the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center Student
Incentive Awards Fund, which supports students looking to continue
their education or training after completing an EOC program. The
Fundraiser will be held 6 p.m. at Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton
Terrace. For more information, contact Sandra Bunkley at (716)
For a full schedule of activities and more information, call the
EOC at 716-645-9555, or visit the website at eoc.buffalo.edu.