Work featured in national magazine
“Empathetic, strong and fearless” were some of the words describing Dr. Kennaria Brown, associate professor of Communication at Berea College, in a feature article by Rachel James Clevenger published in the January issue of Private University Products and News Magazine. Continue reading Dr. Kennaria Brown Recognized for Work in Police Diversity Training →
In this place, at this time: The Mission of Education in 21st Century America
The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation will feature Dr. Ricky L. Jones on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss the mission of education in the 21st century, exploring how education can be used to reinforce or resist social and political marginalization in post-modern America. Continue reading Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial →
Linda Strong Leek, Berea’s vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate vice president for academic affairs, was interviewed for a recent article published by DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education. The article focused a comparison of graduation rates of Black students and their White counterparts, as presented in a report by The Education Trust that identified institutions that are succeeding (or not) in graduating Black students. Continue reading Berea’s Success Graduating African-American Students Highlighted by “Diverse” Magazine →
The African American students at Berea College continue the next chapter in Black History. Inspired by the achievements of generations of African-American students preceding them, today’s students gain success in the classrooms, in labor, in extracurricular activities and organizations as a result of their own diligence and the many initiatives the College has put in place to ensure successful outcomes for this cohort of students. Continue reading Berea’s African American Students’ Successes Make Black History →
When Grace Gillette, Foundation ’66, arrived on Berea College’s campus in the fall of 1964, she was an “oddity,” she said.
When students heard a Native American was on campus, they expected her to dress differently – “like you would expect a Native American to look as portrayed in history books,” she said. “A lot of them thought we were gone. To this day, history makes it sound like Native people are gone.” Continue reading Respect for All People →
The Bridge to a New America
Berea College welcomes the campus and public community to hear New York Times bestselling author, Jim Wallis speak about “The Bridge to a New America” on Thursday, September 22, at 3:00PM, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that brings together a diverse mix of evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old who are committed to addressing such issues as racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation →
Megan Yocum and Tran Nguyen, two Berea College students, were one of five winning teams in the National 2016 Letters to an Elected Official competition sponsored by Project Pericles. The other winning student teams were from Allegheny College, Carleton College, Hendrix College, and Pitzer College.
For the competition, students from member campuses of Project Pericles sent letters on various public policy issues to elected officials throughout the United States. For the first time, students also submitted project proposals outlining how they would use their award. Each of the five winning teams will receive $500 to work on their issue during the 2016-17 academic year. Continue reading Two Berea Students Win Project Pericles 2016 Letters to an Elected Official Competition →
by Lyle Roelofs and Linda Strong-Leek
So much of the recent news about higher education has focused on campus unrest and protest about the lack of diversity in the faculty, staff and administration, and the perception that the voices of students of color are either not heard, or their particular experiences of racism are not acknowledged or addressed. Continue reading Diversity is in Our DNA →
Prospective high school seniors from areas far and wide were welcomed to Berea College for a weekend of peer-to-peer networking, meeting faculty and staff, and touring Berea’s campus.
Students attended sessions about campus life and the typical day of a Mountaineer led by volunteer student speakers. Continue reading Unity Banquet on February 20, 2016 – During Carter G. Woodson Weekend →
Christopher Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and an associate professor of Appalachian Studies, was interviewed for a recent article published by Al Jazeera America. The article centered on the growing population of Muslim Americans in the Appalachian region and the welcome they have experienced from their local neighbors. Green, an Appalachian scholar, was quoted about the often-overlooked depth of diversity in the region.
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Throughout his career as a legislator and activist for civil rights, Julian Bond came to Berea several times—first in the 1970s—to speak to the campus community. Julian Bond’s ties to Berea College were deep, going back three generations. Continue reading Berea College Joins the Nation in Recognizing the Passing This Weekend of Julian Bond →
Dr. Linda Strong-Leek has been appointed Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Berea College. She will begin these new responsibilities on July 1, 2015. Continue reading Berea College Appoints Dr. Linda Strong-Leek As Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion →