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 SRU to Host Frederick Douglass Collaborative at Regional Learning Alliance 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Frederick Douglass Institute will host the two-day Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative fall meeting on Friday and Saturday [Oct. 21-22] the Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods Corporate Office Park.

     As a state system collaborative, the institute encourages faculty and staff professional development around issues of equality and diversity by providing information and programs, and through scholarships and research, forums, exhibits, conferences, and visiting scholars, says Dr. Christophas Walker, director of the Douglass Institute at SRU and organizer for the local program.

      The institutes, located at various state system universities, include university programs for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author and statesman. Douglass, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area of Pennsylvania, gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus Feb. 1, 1895. Goals of the Frederick Douglass Collaborative include playing a role in serving the traditionally underserved members of universities and civic communities, and providing opportunities for faculty to work with these groups and to serve as sources of encouragement, Walker points out.

       This year’s collaborative meeting will include directors and other representatives from the Frederick Douglass Institutes across the state along with Slippery Rock University’s President Robert Smith, Provost and Vice President William Williams and Associate Provost Amanda Yale. The meeting will give the Frederick Douglass Collaborative an opportunity to focus on improving collaborative programming, obtaining state program funding, and the continued improvement of its academic journal “Making Connections.” Dr. Renay Scales, SRU assistant vice president for human resources and diversity, and Sandra Stevenson, assistant director of diversity and staff training at SRU, will offer a workshop on coalition building for diversity.




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