CSU, City Commission, Chamber Unite for Diversity Conference

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State will host a second annual Diversity Conference March 21-22 in cooperation with the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity.

Keynote speakers at the CSU Cunningham Center conference will be Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe and Stephanie Jones, an associate professor of elementary and social studies education at the University of Georgia.

Confronting Challenges, Seeking Solutions: Education, Poverty and Equal Opportunity is the theme of the conference.

"I know too intimately that when you are born into a family with meager economic resources, you get the short end of the stick in almost every deal," Jones, the UGA professor, told Georgia Trend in a December 2012 article, "The Poverty Factor."

Jones will speak at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21.

Lowe, a former University of Alabama football standout, is serving as Phenix City's first African American mayor. He's also senior vice president of CB&T of East Alabama. On Friday, he will share experiences gleaned both on and off the field.

Lowe will speak at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, sharing experiences gleaned both on and off the field.

Conference sessions begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday, continuing until about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. on Friday. Register online for the conference, which is open to the public for a $15 fee that covers lunch both days. Students are admitted free. Pre-registration is advised and can also be done by calling the Cunningham Center at 706-568-5101.

The Columbus Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity, a driving force behind the conference, seeks to create a community where everyone is valued and has equal access to opportunities. The commission gathers information, data and public input toward its goals of recommending policies, strategies, education and programs.

For more information on the conference, contact Florence Wakoko- Studstill at 706-507-8726 or Judith Tucker at 706-225-3163.

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