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In The Media

Imari Hearst is an example of who our ancestors dreamed of as they toiled, bled, and died for better living conditions in America. Those ancestors knew something, despite the constant messaging to the contrary — we are a brilliant people. This young lady created history at MaST Community Charter School in Philadelphia by graduating from college with an associate’s degree before graduating with her high school diploma! I spoke with Imari, it was clear that she has a sense of purpose which goes beyond what others thought she could do, and she aims to exceed her own high expectations. SUN: Imari, you have accomplished much in a short period of time. What are you most proud of in this moment? IH: As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I am proud to say I was the first and only African American so far to complete the...

College Snapshots

Faculty member, Debonair Oates-Primus, was recently selected as student commencement speaker for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s December 14 graduate commencement ceremony. She will receive her doctoral degree in Literature and Criticism. Oates-Primus began teaching English at the College 11 years ago. Since then, she has helped to create the Diversity Certificate Program and played an integral role in the development of the new Black Studies major. She has also published her short stories in several magazines and journals. In an Interview with IUP News, Oate-Primus explained that she was motivated to “set an example of achievement” for her students of color. She believes “students need to see that people from their community can be successful even what they aren’t able to see it modeled around them.” Oates-Primus's graduation was celebrated by her students. She said when that when they found out she passed "Well, the students couldn’t wait. [She] walked into the classroom and they were all yelling congratulations and running up to hug [her]."

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