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joshI received funding from Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee (MRMC) to attend NCORE (National Conference and Race and Ethnicity) in New Orleans, LA in May 2023. This conference was insightful, rejuventating, and powerful as it discussed several topics around DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging). This opportunity gave the confidence, knowledge, and networking ability to continue my work to build inclusive communities on campus. I am thankful for MRMC for providing me this opportunity to grow professional and personally.   

Joshua Sumrell
Coordinator of the Intercultural Center


jenfreyThanks to the Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee (MRMC), I was able to attend American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in New Orleans, LA in March 2023. With the resources and funding provided by MRMC, I was able to participate in an enriching professional development experience that fostered personal and professional growth. Through this experience I was able to network with other young professionals from around the United States, strengthen my skill set in my current role, and has made me feel more comfortable in leading our students, especially our minority students. I am thankful for opportunities like this and instiutions like Eastern.  

Jenfrey Florentino
Assistant Director of Student Activities

janiceI am grateful to the SUOAF Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee for funding that allowed me to attend the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Cleveland, Ohio a few years ago. This is the premier conference for academic librarians and staff and an outstanding event to learn about advances in the profession and exchange ideas with those in similar positions. Throughout the years I have also received funding to cover the cost of the American Library Association membership dues, as well as enabling me to take part in professional development activities, whether in person or virtual. I encourage all who are eligible to take advantage of this outstanding funding opportunity.

Janice Wilson
Director of Library Services