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NAACP President Cornell Brooks To Speak About Civil Rights And Education At NYU – Oct. 19

​The Presidio Institute and NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development will welcome Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, for a town hall discussion on civil rights, education, and leadership on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.

The event, which will feature remarks by Brooks and a Q&A with the audience, will take place at NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 4th Fl. (60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place).

Brooks – a civil rights attorney, minister, and a champion of the transformative power of education  – is one of the nation's leading voices on equality and justice. The Oct. 19 town hall event will foster a discussion on issues including voting rights, Black Lives Matter, youth and education, and how leaders can work across sectors to solve society's problems.

The conversation is part of a gathering of Presidio Institute's 2016 Fellows, 23 professionals from businesses, non-profits, academia, philanthropy and government participating in a 10-month, multi-city program delivered in partnership with AARP, BlackRock, Joseph Advisory Services, Koch Industries Inc., McKinsey & Company, MetLife, Twitter, and NYU Steinhardt. The goal of the program is to develop leaders who can work across sectors to take on some of the toughest challenges in our communities, our nation, and our world.  

Fellows benefit from a rigorous program to enhance their skill sets, expand their networks, and explore different approaches to solving complex community challenges. They will apply what they learn in the program to efforts focused on a wide range of issues from improving educational outcomes, to asset building for low-income people, to energy efficiency, to innovative financing strategies for redevelopment.

"The Presidio Institute is honored to partner with the NAACP on an event that crosses government and non-profit sectors," said David B. Smith, Managing Director of Presidio Institute. "Dr. Brooks is an inspirational reminder that bold leadership is about building diverse and inclusive partnerships, while being thoughtful about when to use influence and authority."

The Oct. 19 event is also part of NYU Steinhardt's Education Solutions Initiative, a series of events designed to inform, support, and challenge scholars, thought leaders, and policymakers to make meaningful progress on resolving the critical issues facing students and educators.

"The unwavering work of Cornell Brooks and the NAACP both informs and inspires our work at NYU Steinhardt -- to push for greater equity in our schools and communities. We are excited to be in dialogue with him," said Noel S. Anderson, Director of the Educational Leadership Program at NYU Steinhardt.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required through the event website: [as of Oct. 12, the event has reached capacity]. Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to Rachel Harrison, NYU's Office of Public Affairs, at 212-998-6797 or

About the Presidio Institute       

The Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities. The Presidio Institute is an initiative of the Presidio Trust, a distinctive federal agency created to save the Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. It engages individuals, non-profits, foundations, academic institutions, government agencies, and private businesses to build a stronger pipeline of leaders. To learn more, visit:

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit​