McNair Day celebration highlights impact of program on underrepresented students

Annual celebration in Stotler Lounge sparks conversation of the importance of using resources to succeed

Harvey Fields speaks to past and current McNair Scholars at 2022 McNair Day.

Story by Shannon Worley
Photos by CJ Harris

On Nov. 6, about 50 students, faculty and staff gathered in Memorial Union’s Stotler Lounge to celebrate the life and legacy of Ronald E. McNair.  

The celebration began with a panel discussion of current and alumni McNair Scholars. They discussed their research and highlighted the impact being a scholar has had on them both personally and professionally.  

Keynote speaker Harvey Fields, associate dean of student success at Washington University in St. Louis, emphasized the importance of scholars taking advantage of each opportunity that is presented. Fields encouraged students to identify and use their resources not only to be a competitive candidate but to rise above and be the best. 

Though this celebration was held to honor McNair, MU strives to recognize him year-round through the McNair Scholars Program and diversity initiatives. 

About McNair Scholars Program 

The MU McNair Scholars Program prepares juniors and seniors who meet federal income guidelines whose parents have not completed an undergraduate degree or students from groups underrepresented in graduate education or both. The purpose of the program is to provide enriching experiences that prepare eligible students for graduate study. To learn more, follow @mizzoudiversity on Instagram.