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Freeman Receives MOKAN Lifetime Achievement Award

November 24, 2015

Terrence Freeman  
Terrence Freeman received the 2015 MoKan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Terrence Freeman, Ph.D., professor in engineering science at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from MoKan at its 41st annual awards dinner.

Freeman has been with the college since 1982. He has been an adviser to several campus presidents on multicultural affairs, coordinated Project Chart to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and is an adviser for the National Society of Black Engineers. He helped develop the minority engineering transfer program and has hosted several students from South and Central America.

Freeman also is an in-demand motivational speaker, author and third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Freeman has been recognized as the 2013 Missouri Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

“This recognition is more about a lifetime of connection to inspirational and motivated people who deserve this spotlight for their tireless commitment,” Freeman said.  “St. Louis Community College provided the support and encouragement that made those connections possible, and I realize more than ever how important it is to find that place where purpose, passion and preparation intersect.”

For more than 40 years, MoKan has been at the forefront of efforts to provide opportunities for minority- and women-owned business contractors on construction projects in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since its incorporation in 1974, its mission is to serve as an advocate and facilitator for the inclusion of minority and women-owned businesses on construction projects. MoKan also assists in strengthening the business development of contractors through the MoKan Institute, which was launched through a collaborative partnership with St. Louis Community College in 2010. 

“Terry is a true representative of the faculty we have at St. Louis Community College – dedicated and in tune with the success of our students,” said Ruby Curry, interim president of the STLCC-Florissant Valley campus. “This award is a testament to his hard work within the campus and student community, and the well-being and diversity of the St. Louis region.”

MoKan also is committed to promoting and maintaining a mutually beneficial and profitable relationship between contractors, developers and government. MoKan is focused on building partnerships that create win-win scenarios for everyone in the construction trades industry.

“Dr. Freeman is the perfect example of a lifetime spent educating and collaborating in the name of inclusion,” said Yaphett El-Amin, executive director of MoKan. "He has been a strong advocate for students in the region, and an exemplary partner with MoKan - - I can’t think of another person more deserving of this honor.”

Freeman is gracious about his honor and his dedication to diversity and inclusion.

“To be recognized by MoKan, an organization that is so committed to inclusion and advocacy, is an incredible honor,” Freeman said. “My life has been about diversity as long as I can remember. I have been significantly influenced and affected by members of my family who were black, white, Latino(a) disabled or gay. I was raised in diverse neighborhoods. My ancestors were slaves and slave-owners and my daughter was born in Honduras, so it is no accident that I have been committed to inclusion. I recognize the importance of affinity and bonding along with the societal priority of bridging and connecting.”