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    QC’s Torrid Relationship With Its Black Population

    In light of the national outcry against systemic racism it’s imperative we discuss the historical initiatives taken at QC to combat the issue, starting with recognition of the SEEK Program.  The Percy E. Sutton Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program stands on the shoulders of political and progressive giants; notably Percy E Sutton, Shirley Chisholm, Basil Patterson, David Dinkins and Charles Rangel who seized the historical provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned segregation and the Higher Education Act of 1965 that allocated federal funds for financial assistance to low-income students.  “Currently the SEEK Program at Queens College has the most diverse group of students…

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    QC SEEK currently the ranked the #1 opportunity program in CUNY

    The Percy E. Sutton SEEK program is celebrating its 50th year since establishment in 1966. It began in gratitude to early social activists, as well as other venerable individuals, who envisioned higher education for underprivileged students. “The mission of SEEK is to provide equality of access to quality public higher education to students who otherwise would not have the finances and may not fully fulfill the college academic admission requirements.” Norka Blackman-Richards, Acting Director and Academic Program Manager, said. “In doing so, SEEK increases not only the level of education, and social capital, of at-risk communities but contributes to the professional workforce of New York and the nation.” Samia Afrin,…

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    Remembering a cherished figure at SEEK

    Frank Franklin, director of the SEEK program at Queens College, passed away at 71 on Feb. 7, 2016. His achievements were hailed by peers thankful for the help given to SEEK. The SEEK program—which stands for Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge—began in 1966 to help high school students qualified for college, but unable to attend for financial or educational reasons. The program consists of workshops and programs for the benefits of entrants. Franklin worked as a social worker for at-risk children and youth. In 1971, he joined QC and assumed several roles, including Financial Aid Counselor, SEEK Financial Aid Director and Assistant to the vice President of Graduate Studies.…