Stedman Graham to kick off mentoring program at Coppin State on Friday

Stedman Graham will headline the kick-off for a new mentoring program Friday at Coppin State University.

Graham, a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and longtime companion of Oprah Winfrey, will speak to more than 300 students about shaping professional identity at the launch of Eagle-I, a pilot program designed to enhance academic performance among college students through mentorship by community members. The program name reflects the school’s mascot, the Eagle. The “I” stands for “identity.”

Graham will be joined by Juan Dixon, the former NBA player and mens’ basketball coach at Coppin State; university president Maria Thompson; and Kaiser Permanente’s Michael O. Willis, vice president and business information officer, and Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, director of community health.

A spokeswoman for Coppin State University said she could not share the amount of funding dedicated to the initiative.

Friday’s event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in room 108 of Coppin State’s Physical Education Complex at 2500 W. North Ave. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

Community members interested in being a part of Eagle-I can contact Tammy D. Hawley at 410-951-3815 or

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