Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-4513

Date: 1-27-06

For immediate release.

HCC HOSTS DIVERSITY SUMMIT ON CAMPUS

The Haywood Community College Foundation and Student Government Association recently hosted a diversity summit on the HCC campus. The purpose of the summit was to increase awareness of and appreciation for diversity.

HCC President, Dr. Rose Johnson, said, "Diversity is a cornerstone of the community college. It is important that we respect our differences and seek different opinions and thoughts."

A movie, DVD, display, and message board are being held throughout the month of January. Winners of a bulletin board contest will also be on display in the 300 building.

Katrina McClain and Jerome McCoy presented an interactive session for students entitled "All in the Family." The session examined how to unlock the stereotypical doors and open the doors of communication to enable students to lead in tomorrow's world.

Faculty and staff participated in a session entitled "A Tool Kit for Incorporating Diversity into Learning." Dr. Mitchell Williams and Dr. Kevin Pennington, both teachers in community college administration at Western Carolina University, were presenters. The session emphasized the importance of multicultural understanding, current diversity issues in community colleges, issues in developing inclusive educational programs, and learning issues for diverse student groups.

The movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, is being shown to give a deeper insight into issues of color, social status, the American justice system, and the human ability to rise above experiences with hatred and prejudice.

The HCC library hosted a display, "Coming to the Mountains." It illustrated 40 families from five continents settling into Buncombe County.

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