Milligan College, Tenn. (Nov. 27, 2007) – Milligan College’s new Diversity Services Office has just received a boost from the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. Last week the college received a three-year $139,400 grant from duPont to expand and sustain diversity programming.
The funds will cover activities such as campus programming, guest lecturers and speakers, professional conferences and training for staff, supplies and special events.
Last year Milligan launched several initiatives to increase the percentage of underrepresented minorities on the Milligan campus and “provide all students with a more diverse learning experience to better prepare them for today’s global society,” said Milligan President Don Jeanes.
The Betty Goah Scholarship for Advancing Ethnic Diversity brought 23 new students to campus this fall. Nathaniel Moultrie was hired as the college’s first Director of Diversity Services in April 2007. Rev. Danny Johnson was appointed the first African-American to the college’s Board of Trustees in October 2006.
Jeanes explained the college’s philosophy for diversity, stating that diversity enriches the educational experience for all students, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, strengthens communities and the workplace, and reflects God’s kingdom.
“Our desire for sustainable diversity is very high. We believe that it is essential for us to fulfill our primary mission and provide a quality education for our students,” said Jeanes.
Jessie Ball duPont’s generosity touched the lives of thousands during her lifetime, and her charitable decisions defined philanthropic investments that have endured more than a quarter of a century beyond her death. Today, 330 organizations directly benefit from her trust. The Fund supports programs in a wide range of fields — health, education, religion, the arts, social service, and the environment, to name a few.
For more information, contact Lee Fierbaugh, VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing, at 423.461.8719.