College to Host Speakers on Regional Migrant Workers

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Westminster College will host Stephanie Clark and Deke Showman for "The Harvest of Hope: Migrant Workers in Northwestern Pennsylvania" Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Maple Room.  The program is free and open to the public.

Clark and Showman are with the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5's Migrant Education Program in Edinboro that offers education to the children of agricultural workers, along with translation services and other forms of advocacy and community support.  Their presentation will highlight the living conditions and needs of workers in our region's dairy and vegetable farms, nurseries, and vineyards.

The program is sponsored by Westminster's Diversity Symposium, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, and Sociology Interest Group.

Contact Dr. Kristin Park, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, at (724) 946-7251 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.