Thomas F. Freeman Honors College Luncheon

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019

Teta Banks

United Nations Association Chairperson Headlines Thomas F. Freeman Honors College Luncheon

How individuals and communities can engage in global, humanitarian issues will be front and center when the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College of Texas Southern University hosts its luncheon/fundraiser. The event, which features a keynote address from the Honorable Dr. Teta Banks, chairperson of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), takes place on Saturday, March 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the TSU University Museum.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the programs sponsored by the Honors College. Only a limited numbers of seats are available. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $750 for a table of 10.
“I will talk about critical issues facing areas such as Houston, including human trafficking and environmental justice – and how these tie into the larger issues that so many of the member countries of the United Nations face – including access to a quality education,” said Dr. Banks. “I will challenge the audience to be engaged and involved in a variety of ways on these and other Global Goals that are tied to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
“We selected Dr. Banks because of her national and global presence,” said Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. “She is also a member of our Friends of the Honors College Advisory Board.”
In addition to her role with UNA-USA, which is a part of a membership-based association founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, Banks was appointed Consul General of the Republic of Liberia and represented the Liberian government to assist in the rebuilding of the war-torn nation, addressing human rights issues, and the establishment of trade, resources, and cultural relations between the U.S. and Liberia, as well as other African countries. She was educated at Wellesley College, Howard University, Wayne State University, and Oxford University. She currently serves on the Houston International Development Council, International Trends & Services of The Links,Inc-Western Area, and the U.S.–Africa Bilateral Chamber. She is a consultant to various organizations, including the Rosa Parks Institute, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and U.S. Department of Education.
The Honors College will also honor two persons who have served the Honors College through the years. Mrs. Linda Coach-Riley served as program coordinator of the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College for over 25 years. She presently serves as the director of operations and student liaison for TSU Bands, a division of Student Services. The second honoree is Distinguished professor of accounting, Dr. Richard Pitre, who served as director of the Frederick Douglass Honors Institute from 2002-2006. He has also served as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. He continues teaching accounting in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.
Finally, the Honors College will pay tribute to Dr. Thomas F. Freeman, Founding Dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College. Dr. Freeman continues actively participating in the affairs of the Honors College.
“We will celebrate his 100th year on earth,” said Dr. Jemison Pollard. “He is an outstanding scholar, teacher, pastor, director and dean.”
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Last updated: 03/18/2019