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SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $250,000 from the State of West Virginia Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, (GEERF). The grant is designed to help fund the Institute’s new Listen/Learn/Engage Initiative, an interdisciplinary program targeted to nursing, education, and social work students. The goal of the initiative is for students to be better prepared for community and workplace leadership roles in a COVID-19 pandemic era.

“Nurses, teachers, and social workers will leave our campus and begin their careers facing classroom and public health challenges like never before,” said Stubblefield Institute Director David Welch. “It is imperative they be ready to embrace civic engagement and leadership roles with knowledge and confidence.”

Welch also explained that a central mission of the Stubblefield Institute is to study and promote civil political discourse, inspire intelligent, authentic, and constructive debate, and encourage positive civic engagement and leadership for all students, regardless of their major field of study.