Educator to Attend United Nations Meeting

Aretha Marbley has been invited to join the U.N. group Monday (Feb. 28).

Aretha Marbley

Marbley will participate in the United Nations’ discussions about partnering in order to promote access and education for our knowledge economy.

Scholars from academic and other institutions have been invited by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Committee of the United Nations to discuss “Partnering with the Philanthropic Community to Promote Education for All.”

Aretha Marbley, a professor in counselor education in Texas Tech’s College of Education, has been invited by the president of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to join the U.N. group on Monday (Feb. 28) at its headquarters in New York.

“The College of Education is proud to have Dr. Marbley represent the college and Texas Tech University in United Nations’ discussions about partnering in order to promote access and education for our knowledge economy,” said Charles Ruch, interim dean of the college.

In an effort to explore collaborative opportunities in advancing the Millennium Development Goals for education, the event will feature discussions on innovative partnerships focused specifically on the themes of enabling access for girls and boys to complete primary education and to promote education and training for the knowledge economy, issues which are high on the agenda of the U.N.

Participating as panelists will be leading CEOs, heads of foundations, high-level representatives of the United Nations system and leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the U.N., will open the meeting.

The outcome of the deliberations will be shared with all U.N. member states during the ECOSOC high-level session in July.

In attendance will be ambassadors and member states delegates, representatives of U.N. organizations, corporate contributions executives, as well as leaders of private foundations, international NGOs and academic institutions.

The event is jointly organized by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, UNESCO, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.


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The Texas Tech College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy and secondary education.

The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology and special education.