Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville Hosts “Me2We” Fundraiser Luncheon

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The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville will host a fundraising luncheon for the “Me2We” summer youth leadership program, from 12-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, in the Sherrill Center on campus. This event will be held in recognition of young adult leaders in the community who have worked collaboratively on the Me2We program.

Me2We is modeled on the work of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality (ASCORE), which was developed by Stephens-Lee High School students to desegregate Asheville's movie theaters, lunch counters, libraries and more in the 1960s. The program is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Asheville, AVID Summer Bridge at UNC Asheville, and the YMI Cultural Center.

Me2We works to build the social justice leadership skills of Asheville youth during a two-day summer conference with follow up events throughout the year, in the belief that building a community of young adult leaders strengthens a more equitable community for tomorrow. The conference is co-sponsored by Mission Health and the Perry Rudnick Endowment.

Featured luncheon speakers will be students who have participated in Me2We, including UNC Asheville students Nicole Barnes and Giovanni Figaro. Tickets to the luncheon are $50, and the registration deadline is May 1. For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit diversityed.org, or contact Deborah Miles, executive director of the Center for Diversity Education, at dmiles@unca.edu