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A new director has been hired to focus on the diversity of the population at the local community college.
Felicia Toliver is the new director of cultural diversity at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Toliver is handling the implementation of and coordination of activities that encourage and highlight the diversity on campus and in the community.
Toliver came to ECTC from Gateway Community and Technical College, and she’s worked at Hopkinsville Community College as well. She has worked in a number of student affairs areas, including admissions, retention and advising. It was because of this that she was attracted to the ECTC position, because it involved work in all of these areas.
“It is a little bit of everything,” she said.
The diversity aspect interested the sociology major in her, but it also spoke to her personal story. Toliver was raised by her grandmother after her mother was murdered when she was young.
“I’m a person who the odds were stacked against,” she said. She enjoys being able to help other students like her, who didn’t have a lot of opportunities and who are unfamiliar with the postsecondary education system.
Toliver is in charge of implementing the diversity plan that all 16 Kentucky Community and Technical College institutions must adhere to. Her biggest challenge as she sees it is getting the myriad of multicultural events on campus organized with each other and publicized well in the community.
But she’s glad that she has that problem, that there already are many events that fit in her mission.
“I just am honestly excited to have this position,” she said.
Toliver graduated from Transylvania University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and earned a master’s degree in Integrated Studies and a College Student Development Certificate from Northern Kentucky University.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.