An event that Fresno Pacific University plans to promote understanding in today’s often fractured society will receive a grant from state and federal humanities agencies.
Funding was provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for a planning grant of $ 8,469. The grant will be used to design and develop, not specifically fund, an event tentatively set for March or April 2022.
The end goal is a public event anchored in the concept of a “Common Learning Day”, where faculty, staff and students learn together outside of normal classroom hours. The day’s activities, developed around the themes of peacemaking, social advocacy and reconciliation, will emphasize community learning and include public lectures with nationally recognized experts in the field of advocacy for justice.
“We look forward to exploring ways to stimulate conversations that will increase understanding and inspire people. Our goals include coming together in a way that recognizes our diversity, helps us overcome distrust of others and embrace peacemaking practices, ”said Ron Herms, Ph.D., Dean of the School. human, religious and social sciences (HRSS) of the FPU.
The planning tasks that will be funded by the grant will include an initial meeting, a weekend retreat style brainstorming session with an external consultant, and a series of two follow-up work sessions to complete a strategic plan for this event. community. The School of HRH will play a leading role.
The primary goal of the California Humanities Recovery Grants is to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus. This funding aims to help public humanities organizations and cultural institutions. The Recovery Grant program aims to build the short- and long-term capacity of California-based humanities organizations. Recognizing the serious impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the ability of many public humanities providers to carry out their work, this program will allocate funds to support capacity building projects that will enable applicants to respond meet the needs of their communities and respond to current and long-term challenges.
Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminar programs that emphasize a strong academic preparation and a solid ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and the North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced regional campuses as well as online. The university also reaches around 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any college or university in Central Valley, is an institution serving Hispanics, with a Hispanic student population of 47%. The FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked # 1 among Western universities in the master’s category by US News & World Report. US News and Washington Monthly include FPU in their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, US News ranks it 13th in its category for student social mobility, and Money magazine ranks it 11th among the top 50 colleges. for transfer students. The FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church.