Emory & Henry College and Southwest Virginia Community College partner to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted by Rachael Wilbur
Emory & Henry College and Southwest Virginia Community College are partnering to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education, not only within the colleges themselves, but to the community as well.

The partnership is entitled “Bridge to Change: The New Freedom Movement in Southwest Virginia.” The colleges will be hosting two virtual events this spring as part of this partnership.

We are excited to work with Southwest Virginia Community College as we work towards a more inclusive Southwest Virginia,” said John Holloway, vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Emory & Henry. “The Bridge to Change is a partnership between Emory & Henry College and Southwest Virginia Community College for the purpose of platforming, promoting, and championing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Southwest Virginia. We hope to continue to partner on many more events as we move forward.”

In celebration of Black History Month, A Bridge to Change: Celebrating Black History Month & the Freedom Movement with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be held on February 10 at 7 p.m. Dr. Dyson is an academic, author, ordained minister, and radio host. He is a professor in the College of Arts and Science and in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Dyson has authored or edited more than 20 books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, Barack Obama, Illmatic, Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur and Hurricane Katrina.

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, poet Nikki Giovanni will present a virtual lecture on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Giovanni, from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of America’s foremost poets. A frequent lecturer and reader, Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion have always been a priority at Southwest Virginia Community College,” said Dr. Tommy Wright, president of Southwest Virginia Community College. “Now more than ever we are doing our best to expand on these efforts by educating, informing, and acting. Part of this renewed initiative is to bring in diverse voices of people from all over and to share the stories of our local community with those in other places. We are excited to partner with Emory & Henry College in encouraging open dialog on these important topics within our communities and beyond.”

  • Bridge to Change
The Bridge to Change is a partnership between Emory & Henry College and Southwest Virginia Community College for the purpose of platforming, promoting, and championing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in Southwest Virginia.
- John Holloway

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