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Michael Eric Dyson to keynote Alcorn’s 2nd annual Unity Through Diversity Week

Alcorn State, Miss. (April 20, 2013) - In the continuing effort to promote cross-cultural understanding and the spirit of community, Alcorn State University will hold its second annual Unity Through Diversity Week from April 21-26. The dynamic agenda is designed to bring the campus community closer together and reinforce the University’s commitment to inclusion.

The week-long program includes workshops on immigration and cultural identity, a service project allowing students to engage with senior citizens and promote intergenerational understanding, Latin dance lessons, and an interfaith service and a multicultural festival. The week concludes with an exciting awards luncheon that honors diversity champions at Alcorn.

On Monday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., a panel of “phenomenal female firsts” in Mississippi will feature presentations by Constance Slaughter-Harvey, the first African-American female to earn a law degree from Ole Miss and to become a judge in the state, and Sally Garland, the first female mayor of Crystal Springs. The keynote address will be delivered by nationally recognized professor, author, and cultural critic Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

In 2012, Alcorn became the first HBCU and the only school in Mississippi to receive the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. The work of the Office of Educational Equity and Inclusion was featured in the Huffington Post declaring Alcorn as “leading the charge" of diversity among HBCUs.

"We are proud of our progressive efforts to promote equity and inclusion, and we welcome all members of the Alcorn family and local community to participate in Unity Through Diversity Week," said Dr. Derek Greenfield, director of Educational Equity and Inclusion.

For more information, contact Dr. Derek Greenfield, at dgreenfield@alcorn.edu or (601)-877-6700, or visit www.alcorn.edu/diversity .