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Voices of Lynchburg speakers series discusses social justice

Randolph College will host the “Voices of Lynchburg” speakers series this spring to offer insight into the challenges and opportunities regarding poverty and social justice in the Lynchburg community.  Through presentation and dialogue, participants will seek to increase awareness and explore ways in which Randolph may positively influence the community through innovative solutions.

This program is a collaboration between the Randolph College multicultural services office and the Life More Abundant community based learning program.  Contact Michael Maningas, assistant dean of students,, for more information.

2016 Schedule

All events will take place in the Ribble Lounge of Smith Hall at Randolph College and are open free to the public. Light refreshments to be provided.

Lynchburg: Hunger, Poverty and Food
John Abell, professor of economics at Randolph College
February 8, 6 p.m.

From building community organic gardens to serving on the boards of various local non-profit organizations, Professor Abell has worked to make a difference in our community and he will share his thoughts and perspectives regarding Food and Sustainability in Lynchburg.

Lynchburg’s Hope
Joan Foster, councilwoman, City of Lynchburg, and Laura Hamilton, executive director, Beacon of Hope
March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Education is the key to breaking down poverty, social barriers and inequality.  This presentation will discuss a local non-profit organization called Beacon of Hope.  This initiative was started by a small group of individuals and grew out of the 2008 talks on Race and Racism in Lynchburg.   Additionally, the presenters will reflect on the city’s position and efforts in managing the high poverty rate in our own community.

So, you want to run a nonprofit?
Mark Sheehan, executive director, Lynchburg Boys and Girls Club
April 13, 5:30 p.m.

A nonprofit veteran of 25 years, Sheehan will explore how rapid changes in the sector will affect  fund development, collective impact, and client services. 

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