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Grand Opening held for first phase of Arrowhead Grove redevelopment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The much anticipated transformation of one of San Bernardino’s most challenged neighborhoods marks the completion of its first phase November 30 with the Grand Opening of Valencia Vista at Arrowhead Grove.

The 76-unit workforce housing community at Valencia Avenue and 9th Street is part of the $150 million to $200 million redevelopment of the former Waterman Garden public housing community.

Now known as the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization effort, the overall redevelopment plan calls for more than 400 affordable, senior and market rate housing units, community amenities, upgraded infrastructure and an integrated educational environment. The project will be phased in over the next six years.

“We are pleased to celebrate the opening of the first phase of this redevelopment effort,” said San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis. “Arrowhead Grove represents an important step forward for our community, and this project is a great example of the City’s effort toward improving the quality of life for our residents.”

National Community Renaissance (National CORE), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit builders of affordable and senior housing, is the master developer of the project, in partnership with the City of San Bernardino, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and the Hope through Housing Foundation. Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National CORE, said the redevelopment Arrowhead Grove represents a bold step forward with regard to how the collective impact model can transform entire communities.

“This is a true partnership – one that not only addresses housing needs, but creates life-changing opportunities for residents and serves as an economic catalyst for the city as a whole,” PonTell said.

A 2014 study by the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting concluded that construction activities will increase economic output in San Bernardino County by more than $80 million, support more than 1,000 jobs and pay more than $46 million million in labor income to county residents. On an annual basis, the study concluded that the project will generate more than $2.2 million in direct, indirect and induced economic activity and nearly $1 million in labor income.

In addition, the project will generate millions of dollars a year in tax revenues to support vital services.

“This is a historic moment for our agency and for the families that we serve, not only because it depicts the start of a new era in safe, stable and high quality housing, but as the revitalization unfolds it promotes further prosperity for our families and the community,” states Maria Razo, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino.

Financing for Arrowhead Grove is through a variety of private and public sources, including tax credit financing, federal HOME-Investment Partnership funds and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. If you would like to financially support this or other projects by National CORE and its social services partner, the Hope through Housing Foundation, please visit www.nationalcore.org.

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Victims & Survivors of San Bernardino terrorist attack are receiving a Healing Grove Memorial

The Incredible Community Garden (IECG) will commemorate and plant a Healing Grove Memorial honoring Harry “Hal” Bowman whose life was lost with 13 others in last December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

The planting ceremony will take place at San Antonio Park (N Mountain Ave & W 24th St, Upland, CA 91784) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.

"This planting is about bringing the community together in memory of Hal and those we lost. We come together for peace and healing," Mary Petit said, Co-Executive Director of IECG.

The public is invited to attend and help show Hal’s family and survivors the love that our community endures.

"For many, this memorial and others like it will help cope with the pain and shock that our community has gone through," Eleanor Torres said, Co-Executive Director of IECG.

Join IECG and Hal’s family for this special event as we plant trees as a living memorial to those who lost their lives last December.

Bring your gloves, your shovel, and your heart.

This planting is part of a series of IECG memorial plantings in memory of the victims and survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015 terrorist attack.

For more information call Eleanor Torres at 909-499-9733 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Incredible Edible Community Garden is a San Bernardino County-based urban forestry and community garden nonprofit organization. IECG is focused on strengthening neighborhoods with community gardens and agroforestry projects that engage stakeholders from the bottom-up. Visit www.iecgarden.org for more information.

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Pals of PAL 2nd Annual Community Feast

On Saturday, November 19th, the local community was invited to participate in the Pals of PAL 2nd Annual Community Feast. The event itself began out of a desire to meet real physical needs and offer a little hope to people who might otherwise not have much to be thankful for. Those in attendance, well over 60 people, brought their appetites and came to fellowship and mingle with other community members, PAL Center staff, and PAL Charter Academy Students.

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Ex-cop to be Retried in Samuel DuBose’s Killing

The trial ended in a mistrial. Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, shot DuBose in the head in July of 2015 during a traffic stop.

(Reuters) — Prosecutors said on Tuesday they will retry a fired former University of Cincinnati police officer on charges of murdering an unarmed Black motorist after his first trial ended in a mistrial earlier this month, and will seek a change of venue.

Body-camera video of the July 2015 incident showed then-officer Ray Tensing, 27, shooting Samuel DuBose, 43, in the head during a traffic stop after pulling over DuBose for a missing front license plate on his vehicle.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told a news conference he would seek a new venue for the retrial because the considerable public attention given the case in Cincinnati had “seeped” into the jury room.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that the Tensing case will be retried. The decision was made after review of the trial transcript, discussion with some of the jurors and consultation with my staff,” Deters said in a written statement.

Ex-cop Ray Tensing in Cincinnati shooting not dragged by car: prosecution expert

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing (R) stands near a car after driver Samuel Dubose was allegedly pulled over and shot during a traffic stop in Cincinnati, Ohio July 19, 2015, in a still image from body camera video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office on July 29, 2015. REUTERS

“I am very hopeful that a second jury will be able to reach a decision to bring justice in this case for the victim’s family and our community.”

Tensing’s attorney, Stew Mathews, said he was not surprised with the decision for a retrial.

“The shooting was justified because [Tensing] feared for his life,” Mathews said.

“The facts aren’t changed just because we are going to have another trial, so yes, that’s our defense.”

The jury of six white men, four white women and two black women failed on Nov. 12 to reach a verdict on whether Tensing was guilty of charges of murder or voluntary manslaughter, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial.

Deters said a change in venue was necessary.

“We hit a point in this trial, if you recall, where the jurors wouldn’t even come out of the jury room,” Deters said.

“We had a revolt going on in the jury room at one point, because they were afraid that their names would be known. If we moved to another jurisdiction, I don’t think the jurors would care.”

During the traffic stop Tensing asked DuBose to remove his seatbelt and tried to open the car door. DuBose did not comply and closed the door. The vehicle started rolling forward slowly as Tensing pulled his gun and fired once.

Tensing was fired from the University of Cincinnati Police Department after being indicted in July 2015. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $1 million bond.

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Ohio attacker Abdul Ali Artan was 'Somali refugee'

A man who injured 11 people, one critically, in a rampage at Ohio State University was of Somali descent and a student on campus, say US officials.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the college then got out and began stabbing people before police shot him dead.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs said they were investigating whether Monday morning's incident was a terrorist attack.

The FBI joined the inquiry at the 60,000-student campus in Columbus.

Artan was a Somali refugee who was living in the US as a legal permanent resident, US media report.

Asked at a news conference whether it could have been a terrorist act, Police Chief Jacobs said: "I think we have to consider that it is."

She added: "Obviously with the purposeful intent that was noticed - driving on the sidewalk - we're going look at it from the potential that it was planned."

Artan studied logistics management in the college of Business at Ohio State, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

The incident began at 10:00 local time on Monday when a vehicle jumped the kerb at the campus, striking pedestrians near Watts Hall, the science and engineering building.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said the driver got out of the vehicle and began stabbing bystanders with a "butcher's knife".

A policeman who was nearby because of a gas leak shot the driver dead in less than a minute.

Authorities identified the officer as 28-year-old Alan Horujko, who has been with Ohio State University police since 2015.

The injured included a mix of academic faculty, maintenance staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Campus police say that CCTV cameras filmed the suspect arriving on campus alone, indicating that he did not have an accomplice aiding him during the attack.

Student Martin Schneider said he heard the car's engine revving.

"I thought it was an accident initially until I saw the guy come out with a knife," he said.

The college had warned students in a tweet to "Run Hide Fight", warning there was an "active shooter", though authorities later said the attacker did not use a firearm.

Hours later police declared the scene "secure", lifting the shelter-in-place order and cancelling classes for the remainder of Monday.

Columbus Police sent a SWAT team, dog units, negotiators and a helicopter to the scene.

In recent months, federal officials have warned about extremist efforts to recruit people for knife and car attacks, which are seen as easier for home-grown radicals to carry out than bombings.

The Islamic State group has urged sympathisers to use whatever weapons are available to them to carry out attacks.

It also called on followers to use vehicles to attack the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City over the weekend.

Public school districts near to Ohio State placed their students on lockdown during Monday's alert.

The attack came just as students were resuming classes following the Thanksgiving holiday, and after the university's American football team defeated rival Michigan in a match that drew over 100,000 people to the Columbus campus on Saturday.

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Assessing the Trump administration

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, president elect Donald Trump was constant and vicious in his criticism of Barack Obama and his administration. He vowed to dismantle “Obama Care” and everything Obama decreed by executive order. High on his list of reversals was the Iran deal which was signed by the governments of Britain, France, Russia, China, the US and Germany. The deal, Obama said, “has stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region and has the full backing of the international community.” The “deal” carried a promise to release sanctions against Iran and to return funds held by the US as a result of the asset freeze in 1979.

Trump campaigners called the release of funds a ransom and a giveaway to the Iranians.

The facts are:

In November 1979, Iran’s revolutionary government took 52 Americans hostages at the U.S. embassy, and the U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Tehran. In retaliation, Washington froze $12 billion in Iranian assets held on our shores. The hostage crisis was resolved in 1981 at a conference in Algiers, and the U.S. returned $3 billion to Iran, with more funds going either to pay creditors, or into escrow. The two nations also established a tribunal in the Hague called the Iran United States Claims Tribunal to settle claims both leveled by each government against the other, U.S. citizens versus Iran, and vice versa. The major issue between the two governments was a $400 million payment for military equipment made by the government of the Shah of Iran, prior to the 1979 uprising that topped him. The U.S. banned delivery of the jets and other weapons amid the hostage crisis, but froze the $400 million advance payment.

By 2015, the $400 million issue stood before a panel of nine judges, including three independent jurists, who were reportedly near a decision on binding arbitration. According to Obama administration officials, the U.S. was concerned that the tribunal would mandate an award in the multiple billions of dollars. “The Iranians wanted $10 billion. It was estimated the tribunal would award them $4 billion. So instead, the U.S. negotiators convinced Iran to move the dispute from arbitration to a private settlement. The two sides reached an agreement in mid-2015, at the same time as the U.S. and Iran reached a comprehensive pact on curtailing Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The financial deal called for the U.S. to refund $1.7 billion to Tehran, consisting of the original $400 million contract for military equipment, plus $1.3 billion in interest.

Trump has an undeniable aversion to Barack Obama. He is envious of his ability to win the presidency of the US twice in spite of his constant negative description of his intelligence and leadership ability.

As he has been wrong about Obama, he is also on the wrong track relating to many other US political positions both domestic and foreign.

He wants to create a registry for Muslims entering and exiting America from certain countries.

A Muslim registry was implemented in 2002 by the Bush administration with 25 countries on the list , all being Arab and Muslim countries except one, North Korea, which was dismantled in 2011 by president Barack Obama, nearly a decade after its creation.

The Bush registry and the subsequent vetting did not result in one conviction. The process actually made efforts at trying to combat terrorism more difficult by destroying relationships with immigrant communities and actually negatively impacting the ability of the federal government to cooperate with foreign governments in fighting terrorism. The program also ignored credible data from think tanks, including the New America Foundation, showing that most domestic terror attacks are carried out by US citizens.

Trump’s disdain for “Black Lives Matter” and Black protest to racism is supported by his appointment of Steve Bannon, as Chief Whitehouse Strategist. White nationalist leaders are praising the decision telling the media they view Bannon as an advocate in the White House for policies they favor. The leaders of the white nationalist organizations vehemently oppose multiculturalism and share the belief in the supremacy of the white race and Western civilization. They publicly backed Trump during his campaign for his hardline positions on Mexican immigration, Muslims, and refugee resettlement. Bannon’s hiring, they say, is a signal that Trump will follow through on some of his more controversial policy positions. “I think that’s excellent,” former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said. “I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing. So it’s good to see that he’s sticking to the issues and the ideas that he proposed as a candidate. Now he’s president-elect and he’s sticking to it and he’s reaffirming those issues.”

Thus far there has been no appointments to support the hopes and aspirations of African Americans nor Latinos, nor Women. To the contrary, all indications are that any and all legislation passed by the Obama administration in support of disadvantaged Americans

are being considered for repeal.

To quote Brandon Dixon from the cast of Hamilton, “We, sir are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

In spite of this presidential election being held 158 years after the Lincoln / Douglas debates, the issues they discussed were not only of critical importance to the sectional conflict over slavery and states’ rights but also touched deeper questions that would continue to influence political discourse. As Lincoln said, these issues would be discussed long after “these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent.”

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Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner At The Salvation Army for 138 Years

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) - Salvation Army chapters throughout the Inland Empire will serve Thanksgiving Day meals, to all that attend including those who are without family or unable to provide a full-course turkey dinner for themselves.

The San Bernardino Corps has served Thanksgiving dinner for 138 years.

“We are pleased to prove God’s spirit of giving and provide a Thanksgiving Day dinner to those in need,” said Major Henderson, corps officer at the San Bernardino Corps. “We also welcome those who are familiar with the many other services we offer throughout the year.”

The San Bernardino Corps is the dinner at the Corps new headquarters at 2626 Pacific Avenue, San Bernardino, where it moved in August of 2015.

At many locations, including the San Bernardino Corps, these meals take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until food runs out. Some locations will offer meals earlier.

The Salvation Army relies mostly on donations, so food will vary somewhat at locations, but will include turkey or chicken, pies, stuffing or rice, cranberry sauce, pies, cakes, greens, and other side dishes.

“We always have plenty of donations for Thanksgiving, but if you’d like to donate food it is always welcomed,” said Major Henderson.

“In addition to our Thanksgiving Day meal, we serve dinners to about 75 homeless women and children every day, and to some 25 men who are currently taking advantage of our cold-weather shelter in the evenings,” said Lt. Cathie McCully

Six nights a week, we serve meals close to 200 hungry people, some who are homeless and some who have a place to live, but need help with food in order to pay for everything else.

“The Salvation Army, San Bernardino will be giving toys for hundreds of children and 600 families holiday food baskets a few days before Christmas,” said Lt. McCully

Other corps of The Salvation Army also plan Thanksgiving meals. Call one of the phone numbers listed below learn the time and location of meals in your area.

• San Bernardino, 2626 Pacific Avenue, Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Riverside, 3695 First Street, (951) 784-3571. Wednesday, November 23 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Redlands, 838 Alta St., (909) 792-6868. Thursday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Moreno Valley, 14075 Frederick St., (951) 653-9131. Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Ontario, 1412 S. Euclid Ave., (909) 986-6748. Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Victorville, 14585 La Paz Drive, (760) 245-2545. The Victorville Corps has traditionally served two Thanksgiving dinners, one at its headquarters and another in Apple Valley at the James A. Woody Community Center on 13467 Navajo Road. Both meals are served Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Hemet, 340 S. Palm Ave., (951) 791-9495. Thursday, November 24th 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you wish to be a volunteer to help the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, please call The Salvation Army nearest you or call (909) 888-1336.

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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At Least 6 Dead, 23 Injured in Elementary School Bus Crash in Chattanooga, Tenn.

At least six students are dead and 23 more have been injured after a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Monday. WDEF reports that 35 students were on the bus from Woodmore Elementary school when it crashed.

Parents in Hamilton County, Tenn., received the following text message from the school district:

We just wanted to inform you that Hamilton County schools faced a great tragedy today. School and county personnel are on scene of a bus accident on Tally Road in Chattanooga. Extra counselors and support staff will be on hand to help students process this horrible incident

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

“Our hearts go out, as well as the hearts of all these people behind me, to the families, the neighborhood, the school, for all the people involved in this; we assure you we are doing everything we can,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said that police were interviewing the bus driver to try to determine what caused the accident

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Children Say Goodbye to their First Lady Final Obama White House Events

WASHINGTON -- Children from all over the nation, some who had never ventured past their street corners and others who had never traveled outside their cities, stood in the White House and cried, the tears streaming down their face.

They also laughed and giggled and hugged.

They were a diverse group, black, Hispanic, Native American and gay, ages 12 to 18, They had traveled to Washington from as far away as Alaska and San Francisco to receive awards for their special arts organizations.

They also got a chance to say goodbye to the first lady, Michelle Obama, a woman who they said made them feel like they too are a part of America.

“I’m more than happy,” said Noemi Negron, 15, after giving Obama a huge hug and mugging for the cameras. “As a woman of color, it just makes me so happy to see Michelle up there fighting for everybody’s rights. She thinks everyone should be equal and that’s how it should be and. I think she’s so amazing.”

Ian Aquino, an autistic 9-year-old, hugged Obama four times and wore an ear-to-ear smile throughout the hour-long program.

The children and their programs were there to receive awards from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program, which uses the arts to address the needs of youth with special needs.

Aquino, for example, is with Subway Sleuths, a New York City program for autistic children. Negron is part of Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion’s Youth Development Program in Boston, which helps low-income youth prepare them for college and careers.

The program included speeches, a special appearance from Cuban Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabanas Rodriguez, and music.

A string quartet of young men smartly dressed in black performed as part of the event. They represented the Sphinx Overture, a program that provides free music education, violin lessons and instruments to students in underserved communities in Flint, Mich.

Traeshayona Weekes told the audience that she “had been waiting to wrap her arms around Mrs. Obama all day.” Weekes is with True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, a Boston theater group for lesbian, gay, transgender and bi-sexual children.

It was not only children who were excited.

“Oh my God, it’s like an explosion in my heart,” said Lizt Alfonso, who was honored as founder of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba School in Havana. “It’s such a delight. I was a little nervous because -- you see between two countries you have a lot of differences, but no, we’re the same. We’re at the same point, with the same things and it feels so good to me.”

Obama embraced, thanked and took photos with each child. The presentation was one of her last official duties as first lady.

“So many lasts we’re having, but this one was the best yet,” she said. “I am proud of you guys. You make this job worth doing, but if we don’t invest in our youth as a nation, we lose.”

Obama said the tenor of the day’s program reflected an effort on her part to make the White House inclusive.

“We made it a priority to open up this house for as many young people, because we wanted them to understand that this is their house too,” she said.

“There are kids all over this country and the world that think that places like this aren’t for them, so they’re intimidated by it. We worked to change that. They should always feel at home within these walls and so many important institutions all over the world.”

“These kids represent the very best of America. We’re a country that believes in our young people -- all of them. We believe that every single child has boundless promise, no matter who they are, where they’ve come from or how much money their parents have.

We believe that each of these young people is a vital part of the great American story. It is important to our continued greatness to see these kids as ours, not as them, not as other, but as ours. So, don’t ever feel fear, because you belong here.”

The programs awarded for their work also included,

AileyCamp Miami, a Miami summer camp that uses dance to increase self esteem discipline before entering high school:

Baranov Museum Youth History & Film Summer Intensive, a documentary film making in Kodiak, AK.:

Next Gen, a San Francisco organization that help teens tell their stories via video, music and film;

Screen It!, an Austin, Texas program that exposes to art that promotes socio-cultural awareness and development;

St. Louis ArtWorks, which provides jobs, art, and workforce development training for primarily for African-American teens;

Teen Arts + Tech Program, a free Michigan program that offers urban high school students a chance to develop critical thinking skills in arts and technology;

The Reading Road Show - Gus Bus in Harrisonburg, Va., which brings literature to low-income children via two buses free books in various communities;

Tribal Youth Ambassadors in Santa Rosa, Calif., which engages Native American youth to educate others about their culture.

Photo by Cheriss May, HUNS: Scores from around the nation gathered for what was one of the final White House events for the Obamas

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B-CU Student Researchers Present During The 2016 American Public Health Association Conference

November 15, 2016- Several students and faculty from the Joe and Barbara Petrock College of Health Sciences were among over 12,000 attendees this past week at the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference in Denver, CO. Both undergraduate and graduate students presented during the conference, counting 2016 to be the third consecutive year that students and/or faculty presented during the conference. “This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the research efforts at Bethune-Cookman University and doing so will help us to achieve the vision of being a "small research university that happens to be an HBCU," said Dr. Adrienne Cooper, Associate Provost.

Students and faculty were selected in three different formats: poster, oral, and roundtable presentation. “Our students had the opportunity to meet public health legends and pioneers such as Dr. David Satcher (16th Surgeon General and first African-American), Dr. Camara Jones, Immediate Past President of APHA, and Dr. Apryl Brown, President of the APHA Black Caucus of Health Workers,” said Dr. Wathington, Executive Dean and Professor of the Petrock College of Health Sciences.

B-CU student, Torre Anderson, a DAPPA Junior Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Assistant and undergraduate biology major, presented at the APHA conference. Anderson gave an oral presentation that was co-authored by Erica Anderson, DAPPA Research Coordinator, and graduate student in Psychology. Anderson presented among senior level scholars focusing on the “Understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) and conventional medicine as combination therapy for treatment of knee osteoarthritis pain among adults: A focus group and a systematic literature review synergy,” where he received tremendous applause and outstanding comments from conference attendees. “I cannot express how outstanding Torre' performed,” Dr. Rahim-Williams said. “You would have thought he was a well-seasoned, junior researcher, instead of this being his first presentation at an international scientific conference.” CURE Program Coordinator, Ram Nayar said, “B-CU is proud of having students like Torre’ and in fact, he should be a peer mentor for those coming behind him.”

In addition to stellar student presenters, the Master’s of Public Health program in Health Equity was invited to become a member of the Consortium of African-American Public Health Programs in 2015 and this was the second year at the conference with recruitment tools and an exhibitor booth. B-CU faculty and staff are extremely proud of the accomplishments of students like Torre and all of the students that presented during the conference.

For more information and media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd at (386)214-3653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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