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SunTrust Foundation Gift Benefits Office of Multicultural Affairs

The CVCC Foundation, Inc., recently received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the SunTrust Foundation to support the Catawba Valley Community College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The mission of Office of Multicultural Affairs is to be the catalyst for creating a positive climate for the optimal educational experience for all students. CVCC is the first, and remains the only, community college in the state that provides this unique service.

As the Office of Multicultural Affairs continues to grow, SunTrust has partnered to enhance outreach. The outreach component will assist in the recruitment and retention of diverse students.  Activities of the CVCC Multicultural Outreach Center will provide a positive educational experience for diverse students as they gather for various events to meet with their peers or members of the college family.

“The SunTrust Foundation is very pleased to be able to support Multicultural Affairs at CVCC,” said David Stevens, Regional President and CEO for SunTrust Central Carolina. “Diversity in our neighborhoods, schools and workforce is essential to build the strength and vitality of our communities, and making our communities stronger is the central mission of the SunTrust Foundation.  We applaud Catawba Community College for their outreach efforts.”  

The SunTrust Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the long-term effectiveness of the nonprofit organizations serving communities throughout the SunTrust footprint. The Foundation gives primary consideration to nonprofit organizations and institutions engaged in activities promoting education, health and human services, culture and art, and civic and community involvement that contribute to the social and economic development of the communities we serve.

The CVCC Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the growth, progress, diversity and general welfare of CVCC.  For more information on giving, contact Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc., 828-327-7000, ext. 4288,

Pictured above are (from left) Teresa Biggs, executive director of the CVCC Foundation, Inc.; Steve Hunt, executive director of the CVCC Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Dennis Hurst, Catawba Valley Area Executive with SunTrust.


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