In The Media

AT&T has teamed up with organizations in Philadelphia to promote economic empowerment in Black and underserved communities, as they face long standing social inequities and higher unemployment, issues exacerbated by COVID-19. As part of its efforts, the company is contributing a combined $180,000 to four organizations – the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC), MenzFit and West Philadelphia Corridor Collective. $30,000 to the GPHCC; $40,000 to MenzFit and $30,000 to the West Philadelphia Corridor Collective. “The global pandemic combined with calls for reforms to promote racial equality present an opportunity for the region’s business community to work in concert with numerous public and private partners. We applaud AT&T’s work to promote economic growth in underserved communities in partnership with these organizations as well as their continued support of the Chamber’s Roadmap for Growth initiative working in commercial corridors and neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia,” Rob Wonderling,...

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."