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NKU Darryl Peal

January 24, 2022 - Northern Kentucky University Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Darryl A. Peal has been selected to take part in the Faith & Politics’ John Robert Lewis Scholars and Fellow Program. Peal was selected from 120 applicants from 30 states and 61 different colleges and universities. 

“It is an honor and pleasure to be selected to participate in the John Lewis Scholars and Fellows Inaugural Cohort,” Peal said. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to address, discuss and debate social justice issues and the intersection of faith and politics. The intersection of these two ideologies were the struggle and the strength of the work and vision of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Congressman John Lewis.”

The objectives of The John Robert Lewis Scholars and Fellows program are to build a nationwide network of rising leaders to organize with discipline and unity and to create positive societal change based on the revolutionary non-violent perspective that transformed the nation and the world toward freedom with the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

“The program is driven by Dr. Martin Luther King’s six nonviolence principles and the need for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and this speaks to my personal and professional beliefs and goals,” Peal said.

The program will also share the wisdom and effectiveness of South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation process and other nonviolent social change movements that were part of Rep. John Lewis’s work in Congress. Rep. Lewis’s efforts validated and underscored the value and dignity of all human beings, seeking common ground and dissent without degradation.

To learn more about the John Lewis Scholars and Fellow Program, click HERE.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit