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Corning Community College opens Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Corning Community College opens Center for Diversity and Inclusion
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Corning Community College is reaching out to students in new ways. The college launched its new Center for Diversity and Inclusion. YNN's Crystal Cranmore has more on what it will do for the school and the community.

CORNING, N.Y. – “We can’t just talk the talk. We have to walk the walk,” said Kate Douglas, President of Corning Community College.

When Dr. Kate Douglas stepped in as the sixth President of Corning Community College several months ago, she immediately knew what issues were at the top of her priority list. The board of trustees and members of the college of the community made it clear that something needed to be done to compliment the growing diversity on campus.

“When an idea has a physical place on a college campus, that place manifests that idea into action,” Douglas said.

Dr. Douglas, students and other staff members designed the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to serve as a place where students and community members can learn about educational programs, like studying abroad or experience activities like Monday’s African Drumming performance.

“The symbolization of having the drummers walk us to this ribbon cutting was part of that. We are going to walk the talk at Corning Community College,” Douglas said. “In this notion of global citizenship. How we understand each other. Not only become aware, but to appreciate and celebrate each other.”

Douglas says the room will be a safe place for students and community members to continue having critical conversations and discussions typically started inside the classroom.

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