PSC Receives Grant to Promote Diversity, Equality

Potomac State College of West Virginia University has been awarded a $4,000 “Diversity for Equity” grant to fund programing that increases cultural diversity on campus and promotes equal access to higher education opportunities.

Tim Wise
Tim Wise

According to Jeremy Kaler, Potomac State’s Student Involvement Coordinator and author of the grant, the grant money will be used to bring nationally renowned author and anti-racist speaker, Tim Wise, to campus Thursday, February 12, 2015, for a 7 p.m. presentation. Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spoken in all 50 states to more than 800 college and high school audiences and to community groups across the nation. His topic will be, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

According to Bill Letrent, Dean of Student Affairs, “Jeremy has made it a priority to expose PSC students to speakers, activities and programs that prepare students for a diverse world through his work in the Student Involvement office.  This initiative will definitely offer an opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge and understanding of diversity and equality.”

The Diversity for Equity program is a joint initiative of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. The program aims to foster campus environments that are inclusive of various generational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Projects funded through the initiative focus on closing achievement gaps among underrepresented populations and preparing students to live and work in a diverse world.