About 40 Lynchburg College students were given some valuable lessons earlier this month. They participated in the Allies Institute, a higher education program sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. The Lynchburg students, accompanied by faculty and staff, spent four days at the Eagle Eyrie in Bedford County beginning Jan. 12. Their activities included interactive workshops, small group discussions, and exercises designed to allow them to think deeply about prejudice and discrimination.
Lynchburg College student Skylor Morton told WSET-TV, "I’m a sociology major, so I’m always looking for opportunities to experience diversity within different communities." At the end of the program, the participants developed action plans that they will use to help bring about change on their campus. Lynchburg College is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more on the retreat, go to: www.wset.com/Global/story.asp?S=13832619. To learn more about Lynchburg College, see: www.lynchburg.edu