The Medgar Evers College Educational Foundation was established in 1981 to provide a full spectrum of fundraising resources to advance the mission of Medgar Evers College. The foundation’s sole purpose is to expand the college’s educational opportunities and services by making and encouraging gifts, grants, contributions and donations of real and personal property to the College or for its benefit.
In the late 1960s, in the midst of the Vietnam War and cultural upheaval, community leaders, clergy and elected officials in Central Brooklyn began advocating for a college with an explicit mission to meet the social and educational needs of the Central Brooklyn community (including East New York, Flatbush, and Brownsville). By 1970, those efforts led to the establishment of Medgar Evers College (MEC) in Crown Heights as a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY). It was the first CUNY campus located in and focused on an underserved neighborhood. Reflecting the College’s origins in the civil rights and social justice movements, it was named after Medgar Wiley Evers. One of the 11 senior colleges within the CUNY system, Medgar Evers College is coeducational and nonresidential. It serves undergraduates and is considered a beacon of hope in Central Brooklyn.
MEC is a place where people are introduced to ideas and uncover the world while discovering themselves. It has a distinctive history and a special niche in New York City. It remains an institution dedicated to social justice and strong community connections. The predominantly Black College has nearly 7,000 students and a growing Hispanic population that represents more than 13 percent of students. Many of the students have roots in the Caribbean and many are the first in their families to attend college. The students depend heavily on financial aid and many often work more than one job to complete their education.
Medgar Evers College is on the rise, with growing enrollment, expanded academic offerings and improved student outcomes for all students—high achievers as well as underserved and nontraditional students who struggle with issues related to disparities in educational opportunities. It opened a new School of Education and established an Honors Program this year. Its Pipeline program is a “kindergarten to career” model of education: parents, teachers, educators, and students receive the support and programs needed to succeed long before students enroll in college. MEC also provides its internationally diverse student body with unique academic opportunities through its Caribbean Research Center, the Center for Black Literature, The Du Bois-Bunche Center for Public Policy, and the Center for Law and Social Justice.