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Founder of Thurgood Marshall Fund to Speak at UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands will present its annual Alfred O. Heath lecture, with a keynote address from Dr. Joyce Payne an authority on women’s issues related to higher education and workforce participation. 

 Dr. Payne will speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Chase Auditorium in the School of Business Building on the St. Thomas Campus. She will address the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, 6 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Great Hall, North West Wing. The topic of her presentation is “The Importance of Higher Education for Women and the Key to Success.”

 Dr. Payne is a leader in gender education and has held positions as advisor to the White House on women’s education. Dr. Payne notably started the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in 1987.  Named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice, the fund supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending 47-member schools, which includes public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website - – and from this direct link.