Annual conference recognizes commitment to diversity

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2010) Bluegrass Community and Technical College will honor a state agency and a Lexington middle school employee for their work of building and embracing diversity in the state and in the local community.

The Division of Educator Quality and Diversity at the Kentucky Department of Education and Terona Cobble T.C. Johnson, director of the Family Resource Center at Winburn Middle School, will be recognized at the third annual Multicultural Opportunities, Strategies and Institutional Inclusiveness Conference (MOSAIIC) being held Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. The conference is hosted by the BCTC Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion.

Both recipients were chosen for their continued efforts in promoting inclusion in education and the community.

The KDE Division of Educator Quality and Diversity and Mrs. Johnson have been instrumental in supporting the efforts of the BCTC Office of Multiculturalism in reaching out to hundreds of students from the burgeoning populations creating opportunities for success, said Vice President of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Charlene Walker.

At the conference, panels comprised of students, scholars and college staff will discuss Kentuckys past, present and future related to the conference theme, Kentucky: a State of Omission. The conference keynote speaker will be George Wright, the president of Prairie View Aamp;M University in Prairie View, Texas. Wright, an African-American scholar, has written three books on the history of Blacks in Kentucky. He is a Lexington native and a University of Kentucky graduate. He earned his doctorate in history from Duke University.

The conference registration is $100 per person. Registration for three or more people from the same institution is $50 per person. For more information about the conference or to register, contact Charlene Walker at (859) 246-6439 or e-mail