ATLANTA (Sept. 19, 2016) – The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Honorable Joseph N. Boakai Sr., will this October attend The University Consortium for Liberia’s (UCL) Second Annual United for Liberia black-tie fundraising gala to be held in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to a dispatch from the University of Consortium, the of the themed “Fashioned for Success,” the Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016, in the Georgia Institute of Technology Student Center Ballroom, commencing at 7:00 p.m.
Confirming his attendance of this historic event in a recent interview, the Liberian Statesman said,
“We need to empower the young people. What we want to do is to ensure that young people have confidence. We need to give hope to our young people. We need to create that environment that will make them have hope.”
Vice President Boakai’s trip comes three months after U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama took her “Let Girls Learn” initiative to several schools in Liberia.
The Liberian Vice President plans to demonstrate his commitment to education with a donation to a UCL scholarship, named in his honor. The Vice President’s office is one of UCL’s event sponsors, along with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and the Liberian Consulate in Georgia.
“Under UCL, American students have studied abroad in Liberia, participated in service learning opportunities, and prepared research reports for the Liberian Government. In doing this, these students have engaged in practical use of their education and studies,” UCL President and Board Chair Cynthia Blandford said.
UCL has similarly facilitated study abroad opportunities for U.S. students in the State of Georgia, Mrs. Blandford noted.
Since 2009, UCL has worked to accomplish its mission of “uplifting communities through education and understanding.”
At the festive fundraiser, UCL will recognize local professionals, former Liberian scholarship recipients, and an outstanding university partner.
Other notable guests include University of Liberia President, Dr. Emmet Dennis; UCL Honorary Chair and Savannah State University President Dr. Cheryl Dozier; WNBA Atlanta Dream player Matee Ajavon; former NFL Liberian-born football player Mohamed Massaquoi; a Suakoko Betty representative; and Bombchel Factory founder, Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus Archel Bernard.
UCL has also invited its academic partners, a list of 21 universities and colleges that work with the organization to facilitate study abroad and faculty exchange opportunities, several U.S. diplomats and many local business leaders.
The UCL Chair also disclosing that, as a follow-on to the UCL fundraising event, the Vice President will also host over 15 members of a Georgia delegation in Liberia from December 8-16, 2016, for a series of Education and Business meetings. This is aimed at furthering discussions on strengthening investment and trade, education and national security. For more information on the trip, please contact the Liberian Consulate Office at (404) 565-1154.