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President Wright among presenters at "Forum on Minority Entrepreneurship Education"

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/07/06 • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth President James Wright will be one of three college and university presidents from throughout the country making presentations at a National Policy Forum on Minority Entrepreneurship Education in Atlanta this Saturday (April 8).

Wright will join Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College and Dr. James Moeser, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a roundtable discussion of minority entrepreneurship education, focusing on how it may benefit African American students.  Wright was asked to speak from the perspective of a specialist in American political history who is also president of leading college strongly committed to diversity.

Sponsored by the Minority Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Opportunity Funding Corporation, the forum is designed to address particularly the entreneurship education of students at historically black colleges and universities.  Participants are expected to include the presidents of 25 such institutions, more than 120 top students from those institutions along with deans and faculty members, presidents of six major foundations (including the Kauffman Foundation, KPMG Foundation and the Georgia Pacific Foundation), 35 CEOs and senior vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies and successful entrepreneurs.

Minority Entrepreneurship, Inc. and Opportunity Funding Corporation works to help historically black colleges and universities develop comprehensive entrepreneurship curricula that are particularly relevant in preparing young African American men and women to become entrepreneurs.  The program also aims to stimulate student interest in entrepreneurship and to give students the experience of conceiving business ventures and presenting business plans.

During Wright's administration, Dartmouth has responded to growing interest in entrepreneurial activities among its students and faculty in a number of ways, including establishment in 2001 of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network.  DEN offers educational opportunities in entrepreneurship as well as service to startups seeking guidance about their ventures, and is open to to all faculty, students and alumni of Dartmouth and to startup businesses in the Upper Valley on a case-by-case basis.

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