In Fond Memory of Lee Lorch
The great Lee Lorch passed away this morning, February 28, 2014, in Toronto. For those who do not know Lee, he was a towering figure in the civil rights movement, a champion of human rights around the globe, and a brave warrior for equal opportunity and access in the mathematics community.
There would be no EDGE were it not for Lee. In 1990 in Atlanta, at the joint meetings, he introduced Sylvia and Rhonda, saying “you two should know one another.”
Professor Lorch was in residence at Bryn Mawr for the first EDGE Program in 1998. He was always busy writing petitions, lending support and inspiration to those who were in need, and fighting the good fight.
While we mourn his passing, on the last day of Black History Month, we celebrate and honor an extraordinary life well-lived. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lee’s family. He is our hero.
The EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) was launched in 1998 by Bryn Mawr and Spelman Colleges, with the goal of strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences, with particular inclusion of women from underrepresented groups.
The next EDGE summer program will be held June 2-27, 2014 at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA; Dr. Talithia Williams is the local director. A $3,000 stipend plus travel, room and board will be awarded to participants. The application deadline for the program is Monday, March 3, 2014. Participants to the program will be announced in mid-April.
- Bryn Mawr College
- Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
- Harvey Mudd College
- Morehouse College
- New College of Florida
- North Carolina A & T State University
- North Carolina State
- Pomona College
- Spelman College
Unwavering Commitment to Diversity
EDGE seeks to create, identify and disseminate programs and strategies that improve the persistence of women and minority graduate students, and contribute to the development of a diverse mathematical community.
Sources of Funding
The EDGE Program has received funding from Microsoft Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. In addition, all of the hosting institutions have contributed resources to the program. Thank you!