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Heritage University to host free higher education forums for the public

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TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Heritage University will host the first of three higher education forums on Monday, April 10, which are free and open to the public.

University officials said the first forum will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Smith Family Hall and addresses issues facing higher education as the U.S. becomes more culturally diverse.

Topics will include leadership, racism, philanthropy, and more with guest speaker Dr. Marybeth Gasman from the University of Pennsylvania.

"College education 50 years ago was very different ethnically from what we have now," said Heritage University President John Bassett. "We've got people from all sorts of backgrounds now. And when you're educating people from different cultural backgrounds you're more effective if you understand what they're coming with and what they're expecting."

Another forum on Thursday, April 20 will discuss how K through 12 education and higher education can work together. A final forum on Tuesday, May 16 will discuss the necessary credentials for a career in the 21st Century.

Registration is required to attend the forums. You can call (509) 865-0450 or click here to sign up.

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