BE Modern Man: Meet "The Teacher" Christopher Emdin - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

BE Modern Man - Christopher Edmin

Photo: Christopher Emdin Twitter

Name: Christopher Emdin
Profession: Professor
Age: Undisclosed
One Word That Describes You: Empowered

Education is undoubtedly one of the most powerful devices to free one’s self from poverty and negativity. For professor Christopher Emdin, this is not only one of life’s greatest truths, but a call-to-action for the holder of a doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York to save lives.

As a tenured professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, Emdin launched the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education with Dr. Barbara Wallace in 2013. Such accomplishments for the Takoma Park, Maryland-born, Brooklyn, New York-raised man of STEM, have made him a considerable force in the education sector.

Interested in issues of race, class, and diversity in urban science classrooms, Emdin uses his vast knowledge and skills to enhance the next generation of critical thinkers and doers. It is his influence, not only on the young minds who take his class, but those outside of the area, who are emboldened by usage of theoretical frameworks that transform science education as we’ve come to know it. Was it his time spent in Africa, where he learned to write and speak local languages? Or, was it his inspiring TED Talk that has done wonders to bring to light the plight of urban education inside New York and across America?

Whatever it is about Christopher Emdin, we at Black Enterprise know that he is deserving of the title of BE Modern Man. From his exchanges on local and national news stations, debating the methods of improving New York City public schools to helping keep hip-hop alive at Harvard University, he is a man who contributes positive images to African American culture.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He also hosts The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks.


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