Wednesday, September 17, 2008

WVU Parkersburg hosting free Sept. 17th lecture on "Appreciating the Hispanic Experience in the United States"; part of Hispanic Heritage Month

CONTACT: Debbie Richards, special assistant to the president for policy and social justice, 304-424-8201.

"Appreciating the Hispanic Experience in the United States" will be the topic of a free lecture to be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 17, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

Richard Fleisher, founder and president of The Regalos Elizabeth Fund, will present the lecture as part of the college's observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Free and open to the public, the presentation will be held in Room 1305 and is co-sponsored by the college's Social Justice Committee and the Center for Global Initiatives.

Fleisher is a member of the faculty at West Virginia University and serves as an extension specialist and associate professor for global education and social justice at West Virginia University.

He is co-chair of WVU Extension's Global Education, and co-principal investigator for the West Virginia Children, Youth, and Families at-Risk (CYFAR) Afterschool Project. He teaches graduate classes for teachers on increasing capacity to work with Hispanic and low income students and families. Also, he teaches and coordinates classes, workshops, and simulations on understanding poverty.

Fleisher is founder and president of The Regalos Elizabeth Fund, a nonprofit foundation that provides emergency grant assistance to low-income Hispanics in West Virginia. He has traveled and led projects throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

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