Mountain State University and the Beckley Human Rights Commission will host a diversity workshop titled “Dimensions of Diversity” Nov. 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the John W. Eye Conference Center on the Beckley Campus of MSU.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be led by Diana Bell, a multi-award winning social worker from Wheeling, who has served as a community activist and advocate for social justice for over 20 years.

“I think every community needs to understand the different diversities we have here in the United States,” said MSU Director of International Student Services Dwight Heaster.

Bell is billed as an “extremely dynamic speaker,” Heaster said.

“If nothing else, it’s something new that will give the community an opportunity to listen to a different point of view. I think it will be very interesting to listen to what she has to say.”

During the workshop, Bell will discuss understanding racism and its impact, the connections between stereotypes and behavior, benefits of cross-cultural communication, as well as the impact of valuing diversity.

Bell’s background includes service on over 30 different education and community boards or panels. Among her current responsibilities, Bell serves as the Racial Justice director for the Young Women’s Christian Association in Wheeling and a Human Rights commissioner for the City of Wheeling.

Refreshments will be made available after the workshop for participants.

For more information, contact Dwight Heaster at 304-929-1551.

— E-mail: jayres@register-herald.com

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