Bonus Episode – The Impact of Race, Social Justice, and the College President’s Role

The recent murder of George Floyd sparked protests and movements worldwide that continue to make an impact. But how do these tragic events affect the higher education space – the students, the presidents, and the culture of college? 

In this live episode, Dr. Merrill Irving will discuss his experience, both as a Black male and the President of Hennepin Technical College (HTC). He will dive deep into questions on racial and social justice, providing advice to fellow higher education leaders on their role in all of this. Learn more about Dr. Irving’s story, his career development, and the impact he’s made on HTC with programs actively fighting the institutional racism rooted in college processes.


About Dr. Irving

Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr. is a visionary leader with an accomplished record of serving diverse learning communities championing underserved and nontraditional students. As president of Hennepin Technical College (HTC), Dr. Irving is the chief executive officer responsible for leading the administration, faculty and staff in fulfilling the college’s mission. Dr. Irving serves as a member of the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Board, Minnesota Young Women’s Initiative Council, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council, Chair of the Metro Alliance Presidents Council, the Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council, and is on the board of directors for the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. In addition, Dr. Irving cultivates strategic partnerships with local K-12 Superintendents and industry leaders in an effort to expand college to career pathways, curriculum alignment, and access.

Dr. Irving’s national roles include the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President Academy Executive Committee and AACC Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. He is also a member of the American Council on Education (ACE), National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE), National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA), and National Council of Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).



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