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Cultural Diversity Weekend - March 29 & 30

  • Maryville College 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Maryville, TN 37804 USA (map)

Dear Prospective Students,

My name is Larry Ervin, and I am the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Maryville College. Many folks have asked me what that title means, and I often say that I celebrate all things diverse about Maryville College! Diversity among students, faculty, and staff has always been an important value at MC. Back in the day it was a black and white issue, but now diversity includes a broad spectrum of color, ethnicities, cultures, and orientations.
Since its founding in 1819, Maryville College has stood for educational access, equal rights and dignity for all peoples. Our founder, Isaac Anderson, educated a slave, George Erskine, who later became the first Black missionary of the Presbyterian Church. Today, we continue their quest that all people have a seat at the table of education, integrity and respect, and we hope that you will take your place at that table as well.  
You can begin by attending our annual Cultural Diversity Weekend on March 29-30, 2014 when current students, MC alumni, and staff gather to honor YOUR diversity, remember our historic legacy, and celebrate the ever changing gift of DIVERSITY at MC. It is a great event that will help you learn more about our campus community. And, I believe it will be YOUR first step in helping Maryville College stay true to its legacy of respect and inclusion as you become one of us!

The weekend will begin on Saturday, March 29 with check-in from 3:00 - 3:30 pm EST followed by student & parent info sessions. That evening, you and your family will be our guests for the Nancy Smith-Wright Reception. The evening will conclude with an informal social and dance party for students. On Sunday, we invite you to attend the Interfaith Worship Service from 10 - 11 am.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Admissions at 800.597.2687 or 865.981.8092 by March 14, 2014.
Some local hotels offer discounted rates for students and families from out-of-town. Please visit our websitefor a list of local hotels. I hope to see you and your family in March!
 Larry Ervin
Director Maryville College Multicultural Center