Last night, CICU President Lola W. Brabham and CICU Director of Government Affairs Tom Schnurr were honored at The Association for Program Administrators of CSTEP and STEP, Inc. (APACS) Annual Conference in Albany. APACS was founded in 1997 by CSTEP and STEP professionals to support, advance, and meet the issues of equity, access, and excellence in education. APACS work has made New York State a leader in preparing talented students for careers in STEM, health and the licensed professions.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) strive to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health-related fields, and the licensed professions. Currently, there are 65 CSTEP and 56 STEP Programs located at New York State colleges and universities.

I am honored and humbled to receive this award because it recognizes the work that we do alongside our colleges and universities. CICU’s mission is to provide opportunity and access to higher education through fairness, equity, and humanity. Our work is about ensuring that students who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education have access to its transformative power. Too many students and their families believe that the dream of earning a college degree is out of reach; both financially and academically. CICU is proud to work with APACS to help make that dream a reality.

President Lola W. Brabham
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