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Seton Hill to Host Town Hall Meeting on Westmoreland County Diversity Nov. 1

What: Seton Hill University will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the 2015 study, “Confronting the Challenge of Diversity in Westmoreland County: A Report to the Community,” which was the first study of racial diversity in the area. The public event, sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Seton Hill University, will consist of remarks from community leaders, a video presentation summarizing the study and roundtable discussions.

When: Tuesday, November 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Cecilian Hall, Second Floor, Administration Building, Seton Hill University campus, Greensburg, Pa.

Who: Speakers for the event include Phil Koch, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh,Ted Kopas Westmoreland County Commissioner and Tay Waltenbaugh, CEO, Westmoreland Community Action. Discussion facilitators include Carlotta Paige, Director of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and Dr. David Droppa, Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Seton Hill. Other special guests attending are Chad Amond, President, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce and Kathy Raunikar, Executive Director, YWCA Westmoreland County.

Background: “Confronting the Challenge of Diversity in Westmoreland County: A Report to the Community,” released in 2015, is a collaboration between Paige Community Coordinators, Westmoreland Community Action and Seton Hill University.

The research team for the study included five faculty members from Seton Hill University: David Droppa, Ph.D., Team Leader; and Jeff Bartel, Ph.D., DeMarquis Clarke, Ph.D., Betsy Jacobs, Ph.D., and Roland E. Warfield, MBA, CPA.

The Town Hall Meeting will provide participants with an understanding of the results of the study and what it revealed about attitudes toward diversity in the Westmoreland County community.

Everyone present at the Town Hall Meeting will participant in a roundtable discussion prompted by what they have heard and challenging questions presented to each table.  The participants will be asked to devise solutions on what can be done to make Westmoreland County a respectful and welcoming environment that encourages diversity. 


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