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White participates in Multi-Ethnic Leadership Institute

    06.27.17 | Employees Administration

    Dr. April White (back row center ninth from left), AVP for educational excellence, became the first SWU employee ever to participate in the CCCU Multi-Ethnic Leadership Institute.

    Dr. April White, associate vice president for educational excellence, became the first Southern Wesleyan University employee ever to participate in the CCCU Multi-Ethnic Leadership Institute June 12-16 at Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center in Sumas, Wash.

    The institute offered White valuable experiences related to minority leadership and the importance of diversity and inclusion in Christian institutions of higher learning. She will develop a professional development plan, become the subject of an ethnography study and, through a collaboration with institute colleagues, publish a study on minority students’ life experiences.

    This fall, White will shadow Dr. Edwin Estevez, provost and COO at Greenville University, St. Louis, Mo.

    “Overall, the institute was the most exciting and will be the most memorable experience of any form of professional development that I’ve ever received,” said White. “Drs. Hoogstra (President of CCCU) and Longman (Professor and Program Director of Doctoral Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University) are amazing women. I am thankful to have had this experience with them and the other resource leaders that were present. The connections that were made during this institute are ones that will last a lifetime. I look forward to collaborating and reaching out to the members in this group in the weeks, months, and years to come.”