Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Last Friday, the KCP office heard of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges. Tendaji spent many years carving a niche for himself in educational opportunity programs on college campuses across Illinois and Indiana before joining the University of Michigan’s Office of Educational Initiatives (EOI). Tendaji was a passionate and naturally gifted orator with an earthy sense of humor, a spellbinding storyteller with an anecdote from his own long life for every occasion.
Inspired by his own experience as a high school student, Tendaji’s primary focus in the span of his 42-year career had been to prepare young people for college. The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) is a program he built from the ground up. The office offers five pre-college programs and five college programs that cater to students from underrepresented groups and those from areas where college access and success rates are below the national average.
A tireless advocate for the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, Tendaji successfully turned the dream of higher education into reality for thousands of students who otherwise might not have had a chance.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges will be held as follows:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church
3502 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503
Memorial from 3-6pm
Light refreshments from 6-7pm
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting support for donations to establish scholarships for students in honor of their father. More information is forthcoming.
There will be a viewing from 8am-10am immediately followed by the funeral on
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Shiloh Baptist Church -
340 Calhoun St. Trenton, NJ 08618
Tracey D. Taylor, Ed. D., LPC
Higher Education Consultant
Workforce Development Agency
201 N. Washington Square| Victor Office Center, 2nd floor| Lansing, MI 48913
Office: (517) 335-5846
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