Worthington to speak at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2010) — Matthew Worthington will speak about his experiences teaching underprivileged students through the Teach For America program on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Milligan College. He will speak at 11 a.m. in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel and again at 7:30 p.m. at a diversity forum in Milligan’s McMahan Student Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Matthew is incredibly well versed on a wide variety of topics, including diversity, poverty and other arenas that are pertinent to the Milligan community,” said Ernesto Villarreal, director of diversity services at Milligan.

Worthington lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area, where he teaches special education to emotionally disabled eighth graders through Teach For America. He is a 2008 graduate of Abilene Christian University (Texas) and will complete a master’s degree in education from George Mason University (Virginia) in May 2011.

Teach For America is an organization that recruits outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors to commit to two years of teaching in the public schools of urban and rural America. Teach For America strives to give students from low income households an equal opportunity to learn and grow.

Worthington’s writings on diversity and poverty have been published in “Leaven: A Journal for Christian Ministry” and “The Burnside Writers Collective.” He also co-directed the Urbana 2009 Domestic Poverty track and was a winner in The Conference on Christianity and Literature’s 2008 student writing contest for his non-fiction piece.

For more information about diversity programs at Milligan, contact Ernesto Villarreal at 423.461.8492 or visit


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