(Posted September 6, 2018)

Courtesy: Jonathan Mooney

Courtesy: Jonathan Mooney

Huntingdon, Pa. – On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Jonathan Mooney, writer and learning activist, will be speaking at Juniata College at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Mooney is a graduate of Brown University who has spent much of his professional life developing organizations, programs and initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized groups. For example, he co-founded Project Eye-to-Eye, a non-profit advocacy organization for students with learning differences. Additionally, he works to create career and college opportunities for low-income students and adults through the Los Angeles Energy pathway program, the Urban Teacher Fellowship and the Promo Pathway, what Al Gore called, “a model for moving at-risk youth into the creative economy.”

Mooney has published two books, Learning Outside the Lines and The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, which have received positive reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and other national publications.

For his service and dedication to making a social impact in the realms of neurodiversity, education reform, the learning revolution and creating college and career pathways for at-risk youth, Mooney has been selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar for Public Service, was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, and is a recipient of the Golden Advocacy Award from the LD Access Foundation.

As well as his reviews in the national publications listed above, Mooney has also been featured on or mentioned in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, HBO, NPR and ABC News.

Before the public presentation, Mooney will have dinner with students, faculty and staff from the College and host a back-stage event following the presentation.

Mooney’s presentation and visit is part of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion's Series for Inclusive Excellence, which hosts events that present an opportunity to advance Juniata’s institutional goal of creating a campus community of inclusiveness from the classroom to the residence hall room to the conference room. Each event from the series is open to all members of both the Juniata and Huntingdon communities. To learn more, visit: www.juniata.edu/diversity.


--Written by Taylor M. Smallwood ’19-- 

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.