Dynamic. Engaging. Powerful.

These are words used to describe attorney Rasheed Ali Cromwell and his passionate style of speaking.

On Tuesday, March 2, Cromwell will be featured as the guest speaker at a West Virginia University multicultural program entitled “The Ties that Bond.” The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hatfield’s dining area of the Mountainlair.

“We are so privileged to have such an empowering individual as Mr. Cromwell on WVU’s campus. Students, faculty and community members will all be inspired by his extensive experience in leadership and successful entrepreneurship endeavors,” said Jacqueline Dooley, program coordinator for Greek and international student organizations.

Cromwell is founder and executive director of The Harbor Institute, an education company based out of Washington, D.C. Through The Harbor Institute, Cromwell has presented, trained and consulted with thousands of students and administrators at over 90 different academic institutions across the country in areas of leadership, cultural empowerment and entrepreneurship.

Cromwell’s enthusiasm for innovative education combined with his experience in working with college students has made him one of the institute’s most sought after speakers.

Cromwell graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He continued on to law school at Texas Southern University where he served as class president, associate editor of the law review and was honored, by his peers, as Thurgood Marshall Student of the Year for his scholastic and leadership contributions. Cromwell received his jurist doctorate, clerked for a federal district court judge in the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) and later worked as an attorney at a prominent intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C.

Other events included in “The Ties that Bond” multicultural program will include a step exhibition by the WVU Pan-Hellenic Council, an Appalachian Tale by JoAnn Dadismann and music from the Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir.

The program is presented in part by WVU Student Organizations Services, Student Affairs, International Scholars Multicultural Programs and the Center for Black Culture and Research.



CONTACT: Jacqueline Dooley, Student Organizations Services
304-293-4397, Jacqueline.Dooley@mail.wvu.edu