WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) A diverse group of educators, artists and activists took part Friday in a discussion at WVU-Parkersburg.
The conversation was about how to expand educational opportunities for minority and underprivileged students.
There was agreement among participants that education is a right for everyone, regardless of their personal characteristics or backgrounds.
"Part of our mission of higher education is to expose our students to a wide range of people, ideas...the differences we see in the world," said Keith Gaskin, WVU-P Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "So I think, with some of the things we see in our country today, this is a perfect place to bring this group together to have these discussions."
The program included a town hall discussion.
College President Dr. Chris Gilmer helped organize the National Institutes for Historically Underserved Students, when he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.
Friday's discussion coincided with the inauguration of Dr. Gilmer as President of the school.