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Project CARE inspires alumna toward service

Nia Blackwell was quiet, shy in high school. She knew she needed to get out her shell, make friends and connect with community when she came to WCU.  

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Associate professor, students produce grant-funded documentary about Asheville-based Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective

Four years ago, Josh Overbay, associate professor in the School of Stage and Screen, was attending a Resources for Resilience workshop on trauma healing where he met workshop co-facilitator Michael Hayes.  

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WCU to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with slate of campus events

November is Native American Heritage Month and WCU has a lineup of events for students, faculty and staff to immerse themselves in the history, culture and traditions of indigenous peoples of North America.   

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WCU alumna, Cherokee Center director named EBCI Secretary of Education

Sky Sampson, director of WCU’s Cherokee Center and alumna, has accepted the position of Secretary of Education for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  

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Latinx Appreciation Student Organization promotes campuswide awareness and unity

A sense of belonging is what many students envision as part of their college experience; somewhere that gives them purpose, a group to be part of and to share in cultural activities they are most familiar with or are interested in learning more about.   

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Student finds passion for higher education, advocacy through leadership roles

When Estefany Gordillo-Rivas was deciding where she wanted to go to college, she knew she wanted to go somewhere that would give her a more personal experience with smaller class sizes.   

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UP Program becomes first in country to be accredited

WCU’s University Participant Program has become fully accredited by the Inclusive Higher Education Accreditation Council.  

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Evelyn Rucker named director of Intercultural Affairs

Evelyn Rucker has been named the new Intercultural Affairs director at WCU.  

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WCU's first chief diversity officer appointed senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion; chief diversity officer at SUNY

Ricardo Nazario-Colón, WCU’s inaugural chief diversity officer, has been appointed by the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees as the senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.  

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