Medgar Evers College Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences to Host Outdoor Showcase for Groundbreaking Cannabis Minor Program

BROOKLYN, NY— The Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at Medgar Evers College (MEC) is set to host a free spring event to raise awareness of the success of its Cannabis Minor Degree Program. In partnership with Digital venture capital partners, black businessand Green businessthe Outdoor Cannabis Minor Degree Showcase opens to the public with a musical pre-show at 10:30 a.m. and the main event from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. This showcase also has the distinction of being the final stop on Green Enterprise HBCU College at Career initiativeMEC joining other participating PBIs (Predominantly Black Institutions) and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) from across the country in highlighting the importance of educating communities impacted by the War on Drugs about this emerging industry.

“For too long, black and brown communities have been excluded from the opportunities available at the dawn of new industries,” said Andrew Farrior, managing partner at Digital Venture Partners. “The foresight of MEC’s ​​Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences to bring its innovative cannabis degree program to the heart of justice-impacted communities across the CUNY system embodies the mission of the Green Enterprise HBCU initiative. . This event is a fitting way to mark the end of our national campaign to educate HBCUs and PBIs about the opportunities to build lives, careers and generational wealth through cannabis.

The first MEC Degree Showcase to be held entirely outdoors will transform a section of Brooklyn’s Crown Street (between Bedford Avenue and Franklin Avenue) adjacent to the MEC Science Building into a neighborhood cannabis education festival celebrating rich diversity of the New York cannabis community. Rain or shine, the day of education and fun will include DJ sets, live music and food trucks amidst a preview of MEC’s ​​cannabis degree program, student testimonials and panel discussions covering topics such as Women in Cannabis, The War on Drugs, Urban Cultivation and the NY Space, Cannabis Equity, and New York State Cannabis Licensing. Additionally, MEC’s ​​Black Male Initiative will be featured, along with thought-provoking presentations on Legacy cross-sectional study and psychoeducation and creating safe spaces.

“With New York’s cannabis market set to become one of the largest in the United States, New Yorkers need access to current and relevant education,” said Dr. Alicia Reid, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from MEC. “Such education will be an invaluable tool in best positioning New Yorkers to take advantage of the many opportunities that lie within this multi-billion dollar industry. to an MEC degree, but will also bring together the community, academia, industry leaders, and influencers to have much-needed conversations to equip attendees with the knowledge necessary for meaningful participation.

Introduced in the Fall 2021 semester, the MEC Cannabis Minor Degree Program is available to all students at all 25 CUNY campuses. It focuses on four areas including formulation and testing, culture, health and marketing. Illustrating its core mission of providing educational workforce development and economic expansion opportunities, MEC’s ​​Cannabis Minor offers the skill-building educational support needed to nurture emerging cannabis leaders and the workforce. needed to support the fledgling industry.

Coinciding with the recent legalization of cannabis for adult use in New York State, the MEC Cannabis Minor Degree program aims to engage students, faculty and staff, advocacy groups and community members, including formerly incarcerated and those leaving the legacy market. The program also serves as a resource for policymakers through its diverse instructors and relationships with supporting organizations, including multistate operators, state licensees, and advocacy groups, including the cannabis leadership organization. women grow up.

“Women Grow congratulates Dr. Reid and her team for organizing this timely event,” said Gia Morón, President of Women Grow. “As the reality of adult cannabis use comes to fruition, this free event is an invaluable resource for communities once besieged by the war on drugs to access important information and education.”

To register for the MEC’s ​​Cannabis in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Outdoor Degree Minor Showcase, please visit Eventbrite.com.

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College offers associate and bachelor’s degrees. A four-year college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to serve the educational and social needs of the central Brooklyn community. In its commitment to providing students with a solid academic foundation and an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College offers high-quality, professional, and career-oriented programs of study within a liberal arts education. Medgar Evers College is part of NASA’s Space Grant Project and Thurgood Marshall College Fund as a predominantly black institution. For more information about MEC, visit dude.cuny.edu.

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