Grant for Intercultural Life orientation program

Cornell College’s Office of Intercultural Life has received a $2,500 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation to help support the Each One Teach One student of color orientation program.

Each One Teach One, now in its third year, is designed to help Cornell’s growing population of domestic students of color succeed in college, as well as to get those students involved in the community and serve as role models for others.

Since 2008 Cornell’s percentage of domestic students of color has grown from 8 percent to nearly 25 percent. That growth benefits more than just the Cornell student body, according to Ken Morris, director of Intercultural Life. In the grant application he wrote that the students’ experience help them develop a love for and appreciation of Iowa, and that some stay and start their careers in the Greater Cedar Rapids area.

Morris wrote that the students at Cornell increase the number of students of color in Iowa, and they also benefit the community by mentoring students in the Greater Cedar Rapids area.

The grant will help with programming for the Each One Teach One program throughout the 2013-14 academic year, including an orientation for new students starting Aug. 23.