University College at East Millinocket Director, Debora Roundtree, and UC students Jamey House and William O. Chesley from UMA as well Eastern Maine Community College students Laurie McDunnah Moscone and David Cullens, were invited to be part of an incredible conversation on Saturday with the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan! Mark requested the discussion to more fully understand the situations of Americans who are dealing with the changing economy. We often hear from the leaders that globalization will help people, but in a town like ours, we have seen the opposite. He wants to hear stories that reflect the situation of Americans who’s jobs have been displaced by globalization and free trade. He has chosen Millinocket as his only stop in Maine during his tour of the country.
Every year, Mark takes on a personal challenge. This year Mark challenged himself to visit every state he hasn’t been to before in hopes of learning more about people and communities that Facebook has connected over the years, as well as developing ideas for deepening the social infrastructure for communities. His travels have also informed work being done by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to advance human potential and promote equality in communities across the country.
UC is proud to have been invited to such an important discussion about the needs of our communities throughout Maine. We support our communities to understand and prepare for the road ahead. The role UC has of providing affordable access to the public universities of the University of Maine system has never been more important than now.
Maine citizens are strong and resilient. They will find their center and work through this. We are honored to support our citizens—our neighbors—through the challenges they face in preparing for a new economic reality.
Find your Center. Here. At University College.