NAACP Vice Chairman Roslyn M. Brock to Give Commencement Address at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

WASHINGTON DC—The NAACP announced today that NAACP Vice Chairman Roslyn M. Brock will give the commencement address at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

“It is truly an honor to serve as a Commencement speaker at my alma mater, The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.  “As an alumnus, I know first-hand the type of education GWU provides its students.  The School of Public Health and Health Services is the only school of its kind in the nation’s capital, and provides a unique opportunity to any student to become a leader in the global public health sector.  The faculty and administrators at George Washington University should be commended for their commitment to advancing the health of populations of our local, national, and global communities as evidenced by a student body that is one of the most ethnically diverse among the nation's private schools of public health.,” concluded Brock.

As a seasoned health care advocate, Brock led the policy debate within the NAACP in the late 80’s to recognize access to quality health care as a civil rights issue that resulted in the National Board’s ratification and inclusion of a Health Committee as a Standing Committee in its Constitution. Brock has served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors for eight years and made history in February 2001 when she was unanimously elected Vice Chairman at the age of 35. She was the youngest person and first woman elected to this post in the organization's history. 

Brock graduated from George Washington University (GWU) in 1989 with a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree and will have the distinction of being the first alumnus to address a graduating class from the School of Public Health and Health Services. Brock also holds a MBA from Northwestern University, additionally she is a recent graduate with Honors from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University with a Master of Divinity Degree.  Brock is Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. headquartered in Marriottsville, Maryland and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Health Association of the United States of America.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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