Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Adrece Thighman-Nabe, associate director in the Office of Admissions, was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to the Council on Black Minnesotans. Thighman-Nabe, who grew up in Minneapolis and earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in social responsibility from St. Cloud State, said she looks forward to bringing her experience, education and perspective as a higher education professional to this advisory group, the governor and state legislators. “I am honored to have this opportunity to have a voice on issues pertaining to African Americans in my home state,” she said. “It’s one thing to be educated, but it’s another to be asked to go back into your community and get involved. It feels good.” Thighman-Nabe began her career as a student working with residential life, then moved into a staff position with the Women’s Center before joining the Office of Admissions. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in racial issues and community studies and has led study-abroad groups to Laos, Thailand, South Africa and Alnwick, England. She serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Conference, is an original member of Community Anti-Racism Education initiative and is active in several community committees. She has been adviser to the Council of African American Students and was a keynote speaker for Today’s Women. She also has presented at national conferences on issues relating to recruitment and retention of students of color. Her appointment to the Council on Black Minnesotans is effective until Jan. 5, 2015.