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Dear Alumni and FAMU Supporters: Welcome to another fantastic edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine. Presenting the A&M Magazine to our stakeholders is always an exciting time, because it allows us to give you an in-depth look into what Rattlers on campus and around the world are doing to achieve Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s mission of advancing knowledge, resolving complex issues, and empowering citizens and communities. With this in mind, this issue of A&M is appropriately themed “The Empowerment Issue,” because it displays the unique ways that the FAMU community is uplifting others through education, service, and an unwavering commitment to social change and economic enfranchisement. Indeed, FAMU has a storied legacy of empowerment, and together we are building upon that legacy. In fact, in April, we learned that ESSENCE magazine and Money magazine ranked FAMU as the No. 1 historically Black college or university in the nation for African Americans and ranked us No. 5 in the nation among all universities and colleges. Included in the top five were Princeton University, Harvard University, Duke University, and Cornell University. What is most significant about these rankings is that the University was highlighted for its affordability and the earning potential it provides for its graduates. This means that we are facilitating upward economic mobility for our students who go on to become alumni who do well for themselves and their communities. The World Bank defines empowerment as the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. This is what FAMU is all about – creating and bolstering access to a high quality, affordable education that positions those we serve for greatness while enabling them to accomplish their constitutional right to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To every Rattler and supporter reading these words, thank you for all you do to effect change in the lives of others. I truly believe that together we can change the world for the better. The stories you will read in the pages that follow give evidence that we are headed in the right direction. FAMU Forward!

Yours in Service,

Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. President

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Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...