Human rights director commends CU for diversity efforts

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By The Staff

John Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, visited the campus of Campbellsville University recently to meet with administration, faculty and staff as well as community leaders.

Johnson discussed several ideas, including ways that colleges and universities may become more involved with the KCHR. The potential partnerships include the KCHR Human Rights Leadership Training Institute, KCHR College Internship Program, KCHR Advocacy Hearings and KCHR Speakers Bureau.

Dr. Michael Carter stated, "We are very interested in working with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights on these and other initiatives. Certainly, the opportunity for CU students to be involved with internships at KCHR, as well as for faculty and staff to become involved in research and outreach work with the Commission, are in line with the mission and core values of Campbellsville University. We commend Mr. Johnson's vision and progressive leadership."

"Johnson was pleased with the work Campbellsville University is doing to promote diversity and educational opportunity for our minority students and the entire student population," said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president. He said Johnson indicated he would like to see more universities and communities engaged in the kinds of positive and proactive strategies being done at CU.

Chowning said Johnson was also impressed with the work of Greater Campbellsville United, which brings together CU and community leaders, including Mayor Brenda Allen and County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and others, to work to help promote economic empowerment and equal opportunity across lines of race, ethnicity, economic status and gender.