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Ohio Northern receives grant to increase student diversity

Aug 3, 2007

Ohio Northern University has received a $13,953 grant from the Minority Recruitment Program of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges to establish Vision Builders, a minority student recruitment effort aimed at broadening the scope of the University's student diversity.

The Vision Builders Program is under the direction of Curtis Ferguson II, coordinator for multicultural recruitment, Tabitha Courtney, assistant director of admissions, and Clyde Pickett, director of multicultural development.

With the ultimate goal to increase student diversity at ONU, Vision Builders features two components. The first facet is a mentoring program where Ohio Northern students
of color work with multicultural high school seniors throughout the year. Current partners include the MI Ready program at the Lima Senior High School of Multiple Intelligences, and the Lima Black Achievers.

The second component is the eventual creation of a Vision Builders Day at ONU. The event will bring approximately 50 multicultural students from four different Ohio high schools to campus where they will spend the day learning about the University.

Funding for the Minority Recruitment Program is provided by AT&T and JPMorgan Chase.

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