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Governor Wolf Celebrates Formation of Cheyney University’s Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience

July 31, 2018

Cheyney, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited Cheyney University of Pennsylvania today to help announce the school’s partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, Epcot Crenshaw Corp., and Starbucks Coffee to create the Institute for the Contemporary African American Experience, which will study issues related to race, ethnicity, access and diversity in American society.

“Cheyney University is the perfect location for this new initiative that partners the oldest historically black university in our nation with Thomas Jefferson University – one of the oldest medical colleges in the country,” said Governor Wolf. “This new institute will provide the kind of STEM learning and training that Pennsylvania needs to create a well-educated and skilled workforce and drive our economy forward.”

The institute is part of the university’s new business model and was recommended by the Cheney University Task Force which was established by the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Through the partnership, Cheyney University and Thomas Jefferson University will research health disparities among diverse communities in the Philadelphia region. The partnership will help Cheyney University students to develop and participate in research projects, receive increased access to internships, and more opportunities to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare fields from Thomas Jefferson University.

Cheyney is also expanding educational concentrations in healthcare fields, providing students a career path to good paying, in-demand jobs that Pennsylvania needs, while also increasing recruitment opportunities for the school.

Additionally, Epcot Crenshaw Corp. will establish the Crenshaw Institute for Applied Science and Technology on campus, which will house the company’s laboratory and technology demonstration facilities.

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