We invite you to attend the Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Towards the Success of North Carolina Education event on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m at the Western Carolina University (WCU) H.K. Hinds University Center Grand Room.
The Western Carolina University Cuts Hurt Education Forum: Collaborating Towards the Success of North Carolina Education, will be the first forum highlighting how education cuts affect all of us. By explaining how much the budget for public education was cut, how we as a state could have avoided these cuts, and what the effects of the cuts include, this forum will show what WCU students can do to affect change in their state's education system.
As part of the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement’s “7C’s of Leadership Speaker Series,” this event will engage students, faculty, staff, community representatives, and leaders on the concept of collaboration, one of the 7 C’s of Leadership.
Collaboration empowers the self and others with the opportunity to build trust and overall collective social change. Individuals are able to capitalize on the various talents and perspectives of others and create diversity to generate creative solutions and action.
This forum capitalizes on the importance of collaboration and is part of the program Cuts Hurt created by the Western Carolina University Student Government Vice President Alecia page.
The tentative event plan is as follows:
6:30 Doors open
7:00 Event starts at H.K. Hinds University Center Grand Room (2nd floor)
7:00 - 7:05 Welcome from Vice Chancellor Sam Miller
7:05-7:20 Presentation of Colors (High School ROTC), Pledge, National Anthem
7:20-7:25 Introduction of head table.
7:25 -7:40 WCU Undergrad Student Government Vice President Alecia Page introduces the Cuts Hurt program
7:40-7:50 WCU Professor Dr. Lori Oxford
7:50 - 7:55 NC House Representative 118 Ray Rapp
7:55-8:05 WCU Undergrad Student Emily Elders
8:05-8:15 NCAE Representative
8:15-8:25 Dr. Cecil Groves CEO of BalsamWest FiberNET and former President of Southwestern Community College
8:25 - 8:30 WCU Undergrad Andy Miller Closing Remarks
8:30 - 9:30 Reception in H.K. Hinds University Center Illusions
Let’s be honest: all college students are of voting age and every elected official in North Carolina needs votes. If our student bodies unite, our families and friends will agree to support us, and we can make a genuine effort to educate citizens of North Carolina. In regards to how important funding education is, we could change something; we could change everything. Education wouldn’t be considered fat to be trimmed, but an artery to be protected, as it should be. We all have the power of voice, the power of story. Budget cuts hurt our peers, our professors, and our parents (they get to foot the bill for rising tuition in most cases). It’s time to talk about it.
We truly hope you can attend this event. Let’s all show our commitment to North Carolina Education by having our voices heard.
This event is co-sponsored by The Office of Leadership and Student Affairs and the WCU Student Government Association.
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