Tuesday, November 20, 2007

NAACP college chapter forming at WSU

BY CHRISTINA M. WOODS
Reposted from The Wichita Eagle
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An NAACP chapter is forming at Wichita State University. "It's another chapter to bring socially conscious people together to really advocate for equality and justice, higher education, proactive leadership and scholarships," said Aonya Kendrick, a WSU senior who is laying the groundwork for the chapter.
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The regional branch of the NAACP chartered the WSU college chapter in late October, according to the Rev. Gil Ford, an NAACP Regional Director.
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The campus NAACP chapter still must be recognized by the university before it can formally operate. Kendrick said that process could conclude by January.
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The NAACP has more than 30,000 young people representing 600 youth councils, high school chapters and college chapters nationwide. Membership in college chapters is open to students under age 25.
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The WSU chapter would not replace the university's existing African American Student Association, which works to promote diversity and multiculturalism, Kendrick said.
The two organizations, she said, would remain separate but work toward common goals.
Washburn University in Topeka has the only other active NAACP college chapter in Kansas, Ford said.
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Reach Christina M. Woods at 316-269-6791 or cwoods@wichitaeagle.com.
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