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KU Frederick Douglass Insitute to Host "Walking in the Shoes of..."

November 5, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Frederick Douglass Institute of Kutztown University will host its "Walking in the Shoes of..." community service program for 40 adolescents from the local foster care system on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the KU campus.

The program aims to help teens in the foster care system gain exposure to campus life by shadowing a typical day with university administrators, faculty, staff and students.

During the daylong event, participants will have the opportunity have lunch with a member of the KU community, visit a residence hall, engage in a career activity with current undergraduate students, hear a motivational speaker, attend a class in the Academic Forum, speak with Admissions staff and visit the radio station, among other planned activities. 

Also planned is a presentation by Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams, the Frederick Douglass Institute's scholar-in-residence, on the relevancy of Frederick Douglass' teachings to today's youth, and a lecture by Dr. Ellesia Blaque, assistant professor of English at Kutztown University, entitled "From G.E.D. to Ph.D." 

The teens will be recognized for their participation in the day's events at a special luncheon ceremony.

In addition to reinforcing the benefits of higher education, "Walking in the Shoes of ..." establishes Kutztown University and PASSHE as allies for foster children in their pursuit of a promising future.

For more information please contact fdouglass@kutztown.edu.