Concord University Office of Multicultural Affairs Awarded Grant

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 11 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - The Concord University Office of Multicultural Affairs was recently awarded grant funds by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

The purpose of this initiative is to develop a campus environment that promotes mutual understanding and respect among all individuals and groups regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, age, religion, gender, nationality, veteran’s status, and ability of the student, staff, and faculty.

The award of $6,500 will be used to fund the objectives of Concord University’s Diversity for Equity Initiative which are: To eliminate or reduce discriminatory behavior by increasing educational opportunities, developing awareness and promoting acceptance and appreciation of human diversity, to organize an international festival that celebrates the traditions, music, dance and food of the countries represented on campus by international students, and to create internship opportunities that focus on diversity for equity issues.

Nancy Ellison, Concord’s director of Multicultural Affairs authored and submitted the grant. “The funding from this initiative will allow us to elevate our efforts to new levels of participation, community outreach, and ongoing multicultural awareness development,” Ellison said.