Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 18 2004

Concord Receives Grant from H.E.P.C.

Athens, W.Va. – The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Concord University has been awarded a $10,500 grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (H.E.P.C.). The purpose of the grant is to increase efforts in support of social justice and diversity.

Over the last five years, Concord has used general operating funds to increase efforts in support of social justice and diversity, including the establishment of a Multicultural Affairs Office in 2001.

"The events sponsored by the grant will be characterized by a union of students, staff, faculty, community members and invited guests collaborating in pursuit of mutual understanding, diversity awareness, and social justice. We will sponsor exciting programs seeking to promote social justice, eliminate discrimination, and celebrate human diversity," said Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs.

These events spanning the 2004-2005 academic year will include lectures and residencies conducted by reputable speakers, diverse artists, and knowledgeable professionals, an outreach to area youth through our established Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest, and celebrations of black and women’s history.

Wood & Strings Theatre, a professional touring company, has been engaged to present two performances of “Out of the Mist … A Dragon.” Using elegant reproductions of the classic Bunraku puppets of Japan, a romantic drama unfolds that reaches into the world of myth and legend to portray a young man’s journey of self-discovery. His encounters with traditional folk puppets from North America, England and Indonesia give exotic glimpses of puppetry styles rarely seen in this country. A workshop in which students create their own puppet and learn about the uses of puppetry in education will be presented to area teachers and Concord University art education majors by artists from Wood & Strings.

The Martin Luther King Scholar Essay Awards Celebration will be held in January. The guest speaker this year will be poet, author and campus speaker, Bruce Jacobs. Quotes from Jacob's book "Race Manners" will be used as the topic for this year's essays. Winners of the Martin Luther King Scholar Essay Awards Contest will also present their winning essays at this celebration.

As part of the 2005 Black History Month Celebration, Concord will organize “Study Circles” on the topic of race relations. The goals of this endeavor are to build a hospitable community, confront bias, and counter xenophobia. Study Circles is a national program that provides a forum for people from diverse backgrounds to gain a greater understanding of the issues in their community and to discuss them. Groups of 8-12 people from different backgrounds and viewpoints will meet five times to talk about an aspect of race relations.

The Social Justice Initiatives proposal was written by Nancy Ellison. "We are excited about the opportunity the grant affords us" said Ellison.

For more information, contact Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 or nellison@concord.edu.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

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