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Barbara Shaiman, President of Champions of Caring, April 5, 11:30 a.m.

3/17/2011 —

The president of the not-for-profit organization Champions of Caring will visit campus to discuss how her organization helps Philadelphia’s youth change their own lives and improve their communities, on Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Building, room 101.

Barbara Shaiman founded Champions of Caring in 1995 because she was concerned about the violence, bigotry and indifference plaguing the nation, according to the organization’s website. “The daily occurrences of racism, religious intolerance and homophobia must be stopped,” it reads.

The organization is “dedicated to sensitizing, educating and empowering young people to take active roles in improving their communities” by teaching young students about history and encouraging them to be tolerant and caring to ensure that the atrocities of the past don’t repeat themselves. The organization accomplishes this by creating programs for schools, communities and in the workplace.

This event is part of the campus’ annual Spring Lecture Series, which was designed to inspire students to be agents of change by considering ways in which they, too, can contribute in their communities. The event is free and the community is welcome.

For information on about the Spring Lecture Series on Civic and Community Engagement, contact Don Taylor at 610-892-1471 or DAT17@psu.edu. For more information on Champions of Caring, visit http://www.championsofcaring.org/.

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