Askar P. Morisseau, MA '13 to give Convocation Address
Askar P. Morisseau, MA '13 will be welcoming the newest members of the University of Bridgeport during Convocation on August 26. The virtual event, which takes place during Welcome Week, marks the official opening of the academic year.
Askar was born in Haiti and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. She speaks Haitian Creole and has studied French. She has lived in Washington, D.C., Germany and Jordan. Askar is a 2011 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Philosophy and African American Studies. In 2013, she graduated as the elected president of Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society from the University of Bridgeport with a Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace with a focus on Conflict Resolution.
In 2013, Askar became a Public Allies Connecticut/AmeriCorps member stationed in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she worked as a Development Coordinator at the Regional Youth Adult Social Action partnership (RYASAP), serving as a liaison between the three Bridgeport public high schools. As an ally, Askar worked alongside her peers to create an event called Springfest to unite Bridgeport and promote peace. In 2014, she was awarded the mayor’s award for National Service by Mayor Bill Finch for her work in Bridgeport.
Askar’s passion toward her community has led to her work in the non-profit sector for over 8 years. Currently, she is the Director of Development for the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport, CT.
In addition to her non-profit work, Askar is currently involved in various non-profit organizations. She serves as board member for the University of Bridgeport Alumni Association, advisory board for Dress for Success of Fairfield County, and board member of the Leadership of Greater Bridgeport.
In March 2019, Askar pursued her dreams as an entrepreneur in launching her own business. She is currently the founder and CEO of Ankorz LLC, whose mission is to create a professional platform for women to invest in themselves and their careers. She is a motivational speaker, trailblazer, innovator, and a prayer warrior. Askar has led various seminars and has been featured as the main speaker at conferences. In November 2019, Askar was awarded the “Go-Getter” Award at Black People Rock Honors. With everything she has accomplished thus far, we are certain that she is just getting started.