B.A., Political Science
M.A., Urban Studies
Ed.D., Educational Administration
Dr. Marcal Graham has been the Associate Director of the University of Maryland’s Educational Opportunity Center (UM-EOC) almost nine years. Dr. Graham brings over 20 years of experience in the field of Educational Leadership and Administration. He has dedicated much of his life to helping students overcome academic and professional obstacles. Prior to joining UM-EOC, Dr. Graham worked with several charter schools in the District of Columbia in the area of data and assessment. In addition, Dr. Graham worked as an analyst in the Accountability Department for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where he trained teachers, principals, and area superintendents on how to analyze and evaluate data at the classroom, school, and district level. He also had the opportunity to become a Strategic Data Fellow at Harvard University for a year while working with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Central Office Accountability Department.
Dr. Graham has self-published three (3) books around the concept of self-empowerment and has developed his own mindset theory model (MOVEME).
MBA, University of Maryland Global Campus
Joel Solorzano, is a Bilingual Educational Specialist for the Educational Opportunity Center. Prior to joining the EOC team Joel has worn many hats as a staff member of the University of Maryland. He is the first in his family to complete his post-secondary education, he completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and he also earned his MBA at University of Maryland Global Campus. Joel enjoys mentoring, coaching, and teaching. His main mission is to help participants begin or continue their academic goals and realize their dream of graduating.
B.S., Morgan State University
M.Ed., Towson University
Mr. Earl A. Johnson is an Educational Specialist at The University Of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center. He received his B.S from Morgan State University and his M.Ed. from Towson University. Mr. Johnson has taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools, The Seed School of Maryland, Edison Schools Inc., and Baltimore City Community College. Mr. Johnson has worked in several areas of College Access Advisement and he has also worked as a College Admissions Officer at two Maryland State Universities. In his current role at the University Of Maryland College Park, Mr. Johnson provides academic, personal, and career counseling to both adults and young people in Prince Georges County. He also works with first generation potential college students, to help them not only to enroll at The University Of Maryland College Park, but he also works with both young people and adults who are looking to enroll in colleges and universities across the state and across the country. Mr. Johnson believes that a solid education will challenge our beliefs and question our presuppositions. He also believes that if we are in error, a solid education can help to lead us in the direction of wisdom and truth.
Mr. Johnson earned his Master’s in Education from Towson University. He is a trained Reading Specialist and has been with Educational Opportunity Center for almost four years.
B.S., Information Systems Management
Muni earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from University College Global Campus. He has been the Administrative Assistant at the University of Maryland for over 20 years and bring a wealth experience and expertise to the Educational Opportunity Center and Academic Achievement Programs.