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Western Technical College Receives Grant Promoting Diversity

Pictured: Mary Anna Thornton and Bernard Black, Achieving the Dream/Diversity Department

LA CROSSE, Wis. October 6, 2017 – Western Technical College was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to further promote diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community.

There were nearly 300 submissions for the grant from Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to advance the public purposes of higher education. Western, a member of Campus Compact, was one of 40 recipients chosen. Other grant recipients include Yale and Rutgers Universities.

The goal of Campus Compact’s grant, called the Fund for Positive Engagement, is to promote programs that bridge division among groups in communities and campuses around the country.

Western’s grant money will fund a documentary film series called, “Make Change Film Series and Community Conversation,” which will address issues like diversity, inclusion and equity. The series will run monthly, will include food, and will be followed by structured discussions leading up to a larger community action project to be implemented in the fall of 2018.

“Western is incredibly honored to receive this grant,” said Mary Anna Thornton, director of Achieving the Dream, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Western Technical College. “These films will help address the challenges for minorities and others underrepresented by mainstream society, and what we can do to address these issues going forward.”

To learn more about the Make Change Film Series and Community Conversation program, email engage@westerntc.edu.