Speaker, educator, author, activist, and minister Eric Thomas will deliver a high-energy message that tells youth through first-hand experience how to live up to their full potential on October 3 as part of the 2012-13 Distinguished Speaker Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realms of contemporary significance. The series is an opportunity to learn from scholars, politicians, and business people, who can inspire students and community members to think critically about current issues, trends, events, knowledge, diversity, and leadership. Events will be co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Student Fee Governing Board, Associated Students’ Government, Diversity Resource Center, Hasan School of Business, College of Science and Math, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Thomas will present Break the Cycle, at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. Born in Chicago and raised on the streets of Detroit, he struggled because of not establishing a relationship with his biological father until his early 30s. A high school dropout at age 16, he was encouraged by a minister to complete his GED, prepare for college, and live up to his potential. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakwood University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational administration.
He founded Break the Cycle I Dare You, a non-profit youth development and special event organization that focuses on developing programs for youth who have made bad choices. He serves as senior pastor of A Place of Change Ministries in Lansing, Mich., and also works with the Advantage Program at Michigan State, an undergraduate retention program targeting academically high-risk students of color. For more information on Thomas, visit http://www.etthehiphoppreacher.com.
For more information or an updated schedule, contact the CSU-Pueblo Office of Student Affairs at 549-2687 or visit www.colostate-pueblo.edu/speakers. All events are free and open to the public on a first come, first-served basis.
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