Foundation Breakfast to present on diversity initiatives at Huntington University

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2011-02-23
HUNTINGTON, Ind.— Creating a diversified community in Huntington has led to the creation of the Harmony Initiative Task Force and the Horizon Leadership Program at Huntington University. On March 9, representatives from each program will present at the university’s Foundation Breakfast.

Launched in 2008, the Horizon Leadership Program is a collaborative effort between Youth for Christ/USA and Huntington University and is designed to attract and retain students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by providing educational, leadership and creative outlets. Director Arthur Wilson will talk about the benefits of this program at the breakfast.

Formed in 2007, the Harmony Initiative is an ad hoc group of local business leaders, elected officials, clergy, educators and social-service workers advancing values of the City of Huntington’s mission statement, which declares Huntington to be “a community of civility and inclusion, where diversity is honored and differences are respected.” HU President G. Blair Dowden will present an overview of the initiative. Mike Perkins, director of the Parkview Huntington Foundation, will share his perspectives as a member of the Harmony Initiative Task Force and chair of the planning committee for Harmony Day 2010.

The public is invited to attend. The breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons and conclude by 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $6. First-time attendees eat free courtesy of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

The Foundation’s breakfast is held on the second Wednesday of every month during the school year. For more information, contact the Huntington University Foundation at (260) 359-4069 or visit www.huntington.edu/foundation. To be added to the mailing list, contact Barb Baker at (260) 359-4069 or bbaker@huntington.edu.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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