I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center building dedication yesterday in Buffalo. I did not grow up in the Buffalo or WNY area or New York State for that matter so I never fully understood what Mr. Eve had accomplished in his 36 years in the State Assembly as the champion for higher education opportunities for everyone.
“This building really represents what he stood for. He stood for children, he stood for education, he stood for investing in communities and most importantly, aside from investing in communities, Arthur Eve stood for investing in people,” said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, D-New York.
I received an invitation to be a part of this celebration as part of my role as the SUNY Student Assembly President and a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and I was excited to have been asked. In accepting this invitation, I did my due diligence to find out more about this man and what he stood for. Quite frankly, I was so inspired by his hard work, dedication, determination, and passion for the issues surrounding making a difference for the students, past, present, and future. If it were not for the efforts of Arthur O. Eve and the other like-minded people during his career the course of many lives would be different today. The lives of multiple thousands of young minds have been and continue to be changed through the hard, tireless work of Arthur O. Eve.
In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
I believe that Arthur O. Eve knew that education would be the catalyst for the change in this world and he moved heaven and earth to make sure that ALL students would have that opportunity!!