Taur Orange, director of FIT’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), was presented with the Voices of African Mothers Progress Award at an event at the United Nations on October 12, 2018. The award honored Orange for her lifetime of achievements as an educator.
Orange has worked for more than 35 years in the field of youth and student development. She has served as a consultant to various organizations, agencies, and churches regarding rites of passage initiatives and youth empowerment models for high-achieving youth, as well as for high-potential underperforming young adults. She has administered federal TRIO and FIPSE programs and served as a longtime coordinator of a citywide leadership program for high-achieving adolescents sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York. She has developed program initiatives to advance study-abroad opportunities for post-secondary level students and to advance student exposure to the apparel industries. Orange is also a recipient of the 2004 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service and the recipient of an award from the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, New York City chapter, in 2015.
The Educational Opportunity Program is a State University of New York (SUNY) admissions initiative, offering individuals with socioeconomic disadvantaged circumstances the opportunity to pursue college education and post-secondary education degrees. EOP helps identify high-potential and goal-orientated individuals who, despite prior academic challenges and financial needs, are committed to achieving academic success and educational advancement. EOP provides supplemental academic, financial, and personal student support services that are intended to encourage persistence and completion of studies.
Voices of African Mothers is a nongovernmental organization with ties to the United Nations that believes women’s education and empowerment are fundamental to the development of African nations.
For more information, please contact EOP at (212) 217-4170.