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Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond

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CenturyLink is teaming up with the African American Teaching Fellows to prepare minority college students to tackle diversity in the classroom. They say they want to train them, then retain them in classrooms here in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

The fellows program provides tuition and mentoring assistance to prospective teachers. As the program expands, the group hopes to raise more funds to keep things going.

"We believe African American Teaching Fellows is great for all of the students. If you want kids to learn how to read, make sure every school has a library, and if you want kids to develop cultural dexterity, you make sure every school has a diverse teaching staff, and that's what we work to do," said Scott Guggenheimer, the executive director of the African American Teaching Fellows.

CenturyLink is one of their lead sponsors, and supports the program because investments in diversity at a young age creates a better business atmosphere in the future.

"We never know what we're going to run into day to day, and so just being able to relate to so many different people it's just a great, it starts in the classroom and it moves towards the workplace," said Simone Alley, the market development manager for CenturyLink.

The fellows are hosting their John E. Baker Legacy Dinner on October 5, which will raise most of the funds they use for their operations.

Click here for more information about attending the dinner, or about how you can become a fellow.

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