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WVU Tech awarded diversity grant which will help bring Women of Color museum exhibit to campus

West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) has been awarded the Diversity for Equity grant in the amount of $4,550 through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).

These funds will assist WVU Tech in bringing the Women of Color traveling museum to campus in the spring.

“We had good attendance and feedback from the True Black History Museum last spring, so we wanted to bring the Women of Color museum to campus as part of Women’s History Month,” Scott Robertson, Assistant Dean of Students explains.

The exhibit, entitled “Women of Color – A Tribute to the Contributions of African American Women,” features artifacts, documents and photos of African American women who impacted the history of Black Women around the world, including Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King and Condoleezza Rice.

The museum will be on WVU Tech’s campus on March 7, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. The event will be free and open to the community.

“One reason this exhibit is important is that we do not have a museum set aside for this topic in our area. It brings in artifacts that people would not normally be able to see,” says Robertson.

WVU Tech has partnered with WVU Tech Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board to host this exhibit.

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Dr. Stephen Brown to speak on Appalachian pioneer life on WVU Tech campus

West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) and the City of Beckley are partnering to bring Dr. Stephen Brown to Carter Hall on Tech’s campus for the 12th Annual Otis K. Rice Lecture series. Dr. Brown’s talk, "Pioneer Life and Folkways: Frontier Culture and its Impact on the Future of West Virginia", will be held in the Carter Hall auditorium on November 10, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Brown is a Professor Emeritus and former dean at WVU Tech, where he spent 48 years as an educator and scholar. His research focuses on Appalachia, West Virginia, and its peoples, cultures and values. Dr. Brown is the author of a biography on John G. Jackson, a congressman, judge and state legislator from Clarksburg, West Virginia (then Virginia), and "Mountain State: An Introduction to West Virginia". He also collaborated with Otis K. Rice, for whom this lecture series is named, on "West Virginia: A History," which remains a seminal work in West Virginia history.  Otis K. Rice was West Virginia’s first Historian Laureate and spent the majority of his career at WVU Tech.

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