Renowned educator to speak at Black History Month observance

Dr. Toya Corbett, dean of students at North Carolina Central University, is the keynote speaker for the garrison’s annual Black History Month observance on Feb. 23. (Courtesy Photo)

From North Carolina to Baltimore, Dr. Toya Corbett continues to model what education should be about — opportunities to be your best self.

Corbett will visit Fort Meade on Feb. 23 to address the community as the 2017 Black History Month keynote speaker. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McGill Training Center.

Dean of Students at North Carolina Central University, Corbett leads efforts to promote and uphold the values of civility, personal integrity and academic excellence by providing services, advocacy and crisis management for all students.

Corbett also provides executive level leadership for NCCU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Women’s Center, the Men’s Achievement Center, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Spiritual Development and Dialogue, Assessment and Staff Training.

Her presentation at Fort Meade will talk to this year’s theme, “The Crisis in Black Education,” and present some of the measures taken to address the crisis and education in general.

Corbett has significant ties to the greater Baltimore area. She earned both a Master’s of Arts in African-American Studies and a doctorate in history at Morgan State University. She also worked on staff at Morgan in the Office of Student Affairs.

A native of Burlington, N.C., Corbett earned a degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Corbett said she is “committed to helping young people become their best selves —not only through obtaining a degree — but by developing leadership and professional skills that elicits innovative and revolutionary thinking, which are key factors in building a successful career in an ever-changing society.”

On speaking to the Fort Meade community, Corbett recalled how her time in Baltimore taught her the “impact history has on education with respect to the culture of systemic racism, socio-economic factors and the disdain for creating equitable experiences and opportunities for all people — regardless of their race, class or gender.”

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