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Diversity Advocate and the Bonner Scholarship Coordinator

Antioch College

Coordinator of the Bonner Scholar Program

Coretta Scott King Center on Friday

Diversity Advocate


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Yellow Springs News Online [cached]

Ona Harshaw, who is Antioch's diversity advocate and the Bonner Scholarship coordinator, has served as the coordinator of the center.

"Coretta Scott King was her own person, and there's a lot we can reveal to the public that honors her passions and her projects," Harshaw said.
Harshaw said she likes the new location because it gets great light, and it connects with the college's renovation plans for Livermore Street.
Harshaw said she hopes to see both the Hip Hop Convergence and the Native American Symposium, which the center organized last fall to explore the history and future of the Miami Indian movement, become annual events.But she remains open to allowing the new director to define future programming for the center.
"We've got a big job ahead, but it's an exciting initiative, and there's tons and tons of potential," she said.

Coretta Scott King Center employee Ona ... [cached]

Coretta Scott King Center employee Ona Harshaw is still vested in helping the young center begin its mission to educate about social justice and diversity.

Harshaw, an administrative staff member who had been with the college three years, received one month's pay and two months of health insurance coverage.
When Harshaw left her job as the -coordinator of the Bonner Scholar program at the Coretta Scott King Center on Friday, she too knew that she cared too much about the center to leave it completely.Though the college had not been a stable place of employment in the three years she was there, she believed that sustaining its connection to the Yellow Springs community she grew up in was vitally important for both the village and the students who attended Antioch.
Antioch College students worked in the village when she was young as naturalists in Glen Helen, Girls Scout leaders, student teachers, at the theater, and other places in town.And as the leader of the Bonner service program, she worked hard to place college students in nearly every service organization in the community, including the schools, Friends Care Community, Home, Inc., the Riding Centre, and the Children's Center.
Harshaw went through the stages of grief that included anger at the college for its lackluster leadership.But she has come through that stage with clarity of purpose to move forward in her professional life and to help the college and the center to pick up as many pieces as possible and keep going, she said.
Hope for the college's futureThough they felt the weight of the college's impending closure, many of the employees the News spoke with were still committed to the college and still carried hope that it would pull through.
Harshaw left the college believing in the alumni's efforts to keep the college open.Their monumental goal of raising $40 million to put the college back on its feet has a chance of succeeding, and she plans to do all she can to help, she said.And as she isn't working full-time again yet, she will have even more time to devote to that cause.
"There's always a chance it won't happen, but this is the only way it could.I really feel this is where it had to go for people to say, 'okay, I'll pick up the gauntlet,'" she said."It's going to be this Titanic struggle, but let's just see if we can do it!"
Perry feels that the few employees who are left to staff each office at the college will be doing the work that a whole office used to do, and she is ready to support them as they usher the last class of students through this year.

Yellow Springs News Online [cached]

The center is currently located in Main Building and is overseen by Ona Harshaw, who is the college's diversity advocate.

Yellow Springs News Online [cached]

The staff at the King center includes Executive Assistant Autumn Wilson, Bonner Program Coordinators Ona Harshaw and Judith Kintner, Americorps Program Coordinator Jelesia Clybourn and Community Engagement Coordinator Nicole Novak.

Antioch College [cached]

Ona Harshaw Coordinator (937) 769-1164

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