Office of Diversity and Inclusion awarded MLK grant

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MLK Grant
State Rep. Garland Pierce, left, and MLK Commission Rep. Walter Rogers present the 2019 MLK Jr. Commission grant to Dr. Robert Canida, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has been awarded the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Commission grant.

Commission representative Walter Rogers and state Rep. Garland Pierce presented Dr. Robert Canida with $1,000 during a check presentation on Tuesday. Canida serves as director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The funds will be used to administer a “Living Brave, Engaging Lives” program designed to increase awareness of the life, work and legacy of Dr. King. The program also stressed the importance of speaking up for justice through dialogue and engagement. UNCP will work with local middle school students on oral and written and artistic projects highlighting some aspect of Dr. King’s life and work.