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Project stresses value of diversity

Published: Mon, November 23, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

The project hopes to showcase the varied benefits of diversity to the Mahoning Valley.


YOUNGSTOWN — Two groups of students at Youngstown State University have launched a project to make the campus and the community aware of stories of diversity in the Mahoning Valley.

PROMISE (People Respecting Others’ Minds, Ideas & Strengths Everyday) is a project of two classes of diversity management at YSU this semester.

The students gathered recently on the campus quad in front of Kilcawley Center, painting “The Rock” to reflect the meaning of PROMISE, staffing an information table in Kilcawley and enlisting the help of local radio personality Lucky Penny of JAMZ 101.9 to help them tell local stories of diversity on the air between noon and 2 p.m. that day.

They also produced chalk artwork related to the project on sidewalks around campus and created a Web site at www.ysu.edu/workplacediversity to help get their message out. Visitors to the site should click on the PROMISE link.

The students believe the Youngstown-Warren area is coming together to build a promising future, thanks to the collective efforts of residents and businesses.

Each person has a story, and the students created the PROMISE project to tell a few of them.

PROMISE has four goals:

ULearn how diversity can positively affect businesses.

ULearn what diversity has meant for the advancement of the people in our Valley.

URecognize the cultural needs that exist in our area.

UInform the local community of individuals who positively influence our area.


1pit_bull_marley(291 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

I respectfully disagree Clark.
Yes, agreed this stuff if shoved down our throats.
However, all the loser parents that breed racism within their homes are creating the need.
Their kids grow up raising their children with the same thoughts of racism that the ignorant parent.
This could only help to remove some of those thoughts and improve our already integrated area.
They would be less likely to teach that garbage to their own kids.

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2UrbanWolff(10 comments)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

and I think the previous post proves the continued need for diversity programming...

wow... real Americans... as opposed to fake Americans... we live in a pluralistic society... the germans hated the irish... the irish hated the italians... the italians hated the blacks... the blacks hated the jews... the jews hated the muslims... when does it stop? enough with the hatred for others because of race/ethnicity/religion/sexual orientation/etc... it's almost 2010...

BTW... why is it always "love the fetus, hate the child?" we have so many pro-life groups that advocate for the fetus (which is great, kudos to those who support life), but it's often the same conservative groups that do not support universal health care for children, head start, WIC, etc...

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3LNBAIRD(1 comment)posted 6 years, 8 months ago

Do any of you actually have any relevant comments to make about the above article?

I was one of the YSU students who made the project happen. I thought it was a great success; a group of students coming together to create awareness throughout the community about diversity.

The only suggestion I have is that there be many more diversity projects, and by reading the above comments by those who think they understand the meaning of diversity - there is a real need for such events.

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