Potomac State College Wins Diversity for Equity Grant

 Potomac State College Wins Diversity for Equity Grant

Ed Brown, DMA, who serves as Potomac State College of WVU’s student involvement and activities coordinator, looks over a banner promoting an initiative he’ll be starting next semester called Diversity Ambassadors. The program is funded through a Diversity for Equity grant, Dr. Brown and William Letrent, Dean of Student Life, wrote and won from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.   

Potomac State College of West Virginia University recently received approval for a Diversity for Equity grant proposal that was submitted to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. The grant proposal was written collaboratively by William Letrent, dean of Student Life and Edward Brown, D.M.A., student involvement and activities coordinator. The grant is funded for $5,500.

“This presents a wonderful opportunity to our students because Potomac State has a fairly diverse population as compared to other colleges and universities across the state,” said Dean Letrent.

Grant funding will be used to sponsor programs aimed at promoting mutual understanding and respect amongst individuals, to help eliminate all forms of discrimination and to enhance fairness and equity in the distribution of opportunities.

The first initiative funded by the grant will be the formation of Diversity Ambassadors. “This is where we’ll match students volunteering to be cohorts with one another matching individuals up with different ethnicity but with similar interests. We’ll organize various events and opportunities for these students to spend time together and to get to know one another. The goal is to foster inclusion and to eliminate stereotypes of different groups,” explained Dr. Brown. “I’m hoping individuals will learn what they have in common and that lasting friendships will be made.”