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Centenary University dedicates mural celebrating diversity

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University formally dedicated its new mural, “Empowering Our People,” during a ceremony on the quad in the center of campus.

The mural embraces the beauty of the University’s diverse student population. It has been carefully designed to help make the campus a welcoming and safe place for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students. EOP has been an integral part of Centenary University for four decades.

The mural is fully supported by Centenary University President Dale Caldwell, Ed.D., and the University’s senior leadership team, and is widely appreciated by EOP students, staff, and faculty.

The mural was funded by a special grant from the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Program through the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Its name is an inclusive extension of the program’s name and mission. Dr. Hasani Carter, executive director of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund, attended the dedication.

“The Empower Our People mural is a visual representation of the program’s impact on campus and a testament to the contributions EOP students make—both on campus and after graduation. The hands around the world reflect the different cultures that make Centenary unique and how we all play a part in helping to support change in our communities and the world. For over 150 years Centenary has changed lives and our EOP students are prime examples of how a welcoming and supportive environment can encourage growth, drive success, and foster a sense of responsibility for the world around us,” assistant dean of diversity and inclusion and EOP director Devon Vialva said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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