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Allen B. Ballard: An Oral History of the CCNY 1960s SEEK Program

In September of 1965, City College launched SEEK, a desegregation and supportive teaching program that quickly became the direct model for new Equal Opportunity Programs at dozens of New York colleges. Here SEEK founder Allen Ballard remembers the 1960s SEEK program, including its writing program and teachers, and some of the SEEK students.

Short for "Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge," SEEK was established as a CUNY-wide program to assist disadvantaged students who might otherwise lack the opportunity to study at a four-year college.

Creators | Ballard, Allen B.; Molloy, Sean
Date Created | 2014
Interviewer | Molloy, Sean
Interviewee | Ballard, Allen B.
Rights | Copyright CompComm Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Item Type | Oral History (Digital)
Cite This document | Ballard, Allen B. and Molloy, Sean, “Allen B. Ballard: An Oral History of the CCNY 1960s SEEK Program,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 23, 2023,

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