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Urban League 56th Annual Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) Luncheon February 23

by Cass Teague
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) will host its 56th Annual Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) Luncheon, Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 11:30 am at the Music City Center, 201 John Lewis Way South, in downtown Nashville.  Doors open at 11:00 am.  The theme “Defend Democracy, Demand Diversity, and Defeat Poverty,” also serves as ULMT’s guiding principle throughout 2024.

According to ULMT President and CEO Clifton Harris, Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) is the organization’s premier time to reflect on and celebrate the power of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The event attracts close to 600 attendees each year.

“Our EOD event brings together the largest gathering of business, community, and civic leaders to explore issues affecting our region and to celebrate the successes in the past year of African Americans and other minority communities across Middle Tennessee,” commented Harris. “It is also our opportunity to acknowledge and thank our community leaders and corporate partners who have made significant contributions to the work of the Urban League and to our community,” Harris added.

During the luncheon, several awards will be presented to outstanding individuals and organizations within the community.  These awards will include Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service, Chairman’s Award – Outstanding Community Leader, Outstanding Board Member, and Outstanding Corporate Partner.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Sydney McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  As MTSU’s 10th president, McPhee has presided over one of the most remarkable periods of growth and progress in the institution’s more than 110 years of service.  Since McPhee’s presidency began in 2001, the university has been successful in completing more than $1.5 billion in improvements in academic, athletic, and campus facilities.

Since McPhee’s arrival, MTSU has been successful in raising admission standards, which resulted in an increase in enrollment of high-ability students. He has overseen the addition of about 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, two colleges, and about 20 institutes and centers.

He has also worked to strengthen MTSU’s international initiatives on the Murfreesboro campus and abroad. MTSU boasts about 40 university partnerships in 17 different countries and enrolls more international students than any other university in the state of Tennessee.

McPhee earned his bachelor’s degree (with highest honors, summa cum laude) from Prairie View A&M University in Texas; a master’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.; and a doctorate in applied behavioral studies in education from Oklahoma State University.

His work as an academic has appeared in numerous local, national, and international professional journals. His scholarly pursuits include international lectures and presentations in numerous countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Belgium, Canada, England, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the Bahamas.

McPhee is married to retired educator Elizabeth McPhee, and they have two adult children, Dr. Seneca McPhee and Dr. Sidney-Anthony McPhee.  A limited number of reserved tables and individual tickets are still available for the event.  Reserved tables and individual tickets may be purchased at https://bit.ly/3SdDepL

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