USF receives grant to host Stand Against Racism

Jan. 20, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Dr. Karen Monique Gregg, a sociology professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saint Francis (USF), has been awarded the Indiana Campus Compact grant for Service Engagement through the Lilly Endowment.

Dr. Gregg will work with Katrina Boedeker, director of the USF Center for Service Engagement, and Deborah Beckman, president and CEO of the YWCA Northeast Indiana, to coordinate the funds in a service learning project for two courses regularly taught at USF—Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations and Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations. For the project, students will plan, implement and host an on-campus event scheduled for April 25 as part of a national initiative called Stand Against Racism.

This will mark the third year USF has partnered with the YWCA Northeast Indiana in this nationwide effort to discourage racism or discrimination in society, and the first for USF students to plan, implement and host the event.

“Students will be reaching out to the community of Fort Wayne, inviting guest speakers who are government and community leaders to join USF in the stand against racism,” Gregg said. “However, all of Fort Wayne is invited to take a stand and participate.”

Gregg can be contacted at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8115 or for information.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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