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Higher Education Notebook: Muslim author to speak at Forsyth Tech

Higher Education Notebook: Muslim author to speak at Forsyth Tech
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Muslim writer to speak

at Forsyth Tech

Zohra Sarwari, an author, speaker, entrepreneur and publisher, will present “No, I am Not a Terrorist” at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Strickland Center at Forsyth Technical Community College.

As an orthodox Muslim, Zohra has faced many challenges, Forsyth Tech said in a statement. Her passion is to educate others about diversity using humor and personal experiences.

Sarwari has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in business administration from American InterContinental University. She has also been interviewed by many magazines, newspapers, online publications and radio and televisions shows.

The session is free and open to the public.

WFU receives award

from downtown group

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership has honored Wake Downtown, Wake Forest University’s undergraduate presence in the Innovation Quarter, with a 2017 Downtown Excellence Award.

Wake Downtown opened in January 2017 in the rehabilitated building that was once home to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s Plant 60 factory, adjacent to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education.

New academic programs in engineering and biomedical sciences anchor the curriculum at Wake Downtown, WFU said in a news release. This semester, there are more than 750 students enrolled in more than 50 classes — a mix of science courses, labs and liberal arts courses, such as historic preservation, community engagement and entrepreneurship.

“The convergence of learning, research and community engagement have never been more vibrant in downtown Winston-Salem, said Nathan Hatch, the university’s president.

“Wake Downtown gives Wake Forest a physical space in the heart of the city and complements the community benefits of other nearby colleges and universities,” Hatch said.

Food Lion restocks food pantry at WSSU

Food Lion associates recently restocked the Winston-Salem State University Rams Helping Hands Food Pantry with more than 6,000 meals, WSSU said in a statement.

The pantry provides WSSU students with healthy, culturally appropriate emergency foods, according to the university.

The help with the food bank is part of Food Lion’s ongoing efforts to end hunger in local communities. According to studies, 1 in 5 students on college campuses is food insecure — lacking reliable access to sufficient quantities of food — which can seriously affect their ability to achieve academic success.

“We want students to focus on learning and not worry about whether they have enough healthy food to eat,” said Emma Inman, Food Lion’s director of external communications and community relations.

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