Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 21 2002

Multicultural Affairs Receives $10,000 Hepc Grant

Athens, W.Va. - The Higher Education Policy Commission has approved a $10,000 for the office of multicultural affairs at Concord College. A portion of the grant will go towards launching a “social justice initiative,” essentially a union of divergent groups collaborating in pursuit of mutual understanding, diversity awareness, and social justice.

Campus organizers will create a “tolerance committee,” which will include students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The “tolerance committee” will sponsor programs seeking to promote social justice, eliminate discrimination, and celebrate human diversity and will include lectures, workshops, attendance at a statewide conference, an outreach to area youth through an essay contest, and celebrations of Black and Women’s History months. In addition, students will be able to gain valuable hands-on experience working with committed agencies in quest of social justice, through special internships.

Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs, said, “This grant will allow us to take our efforts to a new level of participation, community outreach, and ongoing multicultural awareness development.”

For more information, contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or nellison@concord.edu.

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Concord College Notes: Jessica Taylor, a student in Concord College’s English Department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Beckley, W.Va. She is majoring in English/Writing with a minor in journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2004.

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