GWU to Host Events Promoting Positive Social Change

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“Building Bridges” Programs Set for March 14, 21 and 22 on Campus

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Through a series of upcoming events, Gardner-Webb University will seek to inspire students and community members to create solutions for positive local and global change. “Building Bridges: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Emphasis” will offer free public presentations and discussions March 14, 21 and 22 on the GWU campus.

“We want to stimulate students to realize personal fulfillment through the creation of service enterprises benefiting their communities,” shared Dr. Tom LeGrand, director of the GWU Center for Christian Ethics & Social Responsibility, one the week’s many sponsors. “We seek out ‘innovators’ who utilize their resources in a way that promotes social, economic, environmental and spiritual justice.”

Roger Coates, a management and financial consultant with a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Business School (Stanford, Calif.), is using his experiences to build a social investment fund that rehabilitates properties to create better housing for low-income families. The Charlotte resident will offer a speech and discussion March 14 at 7 p.m. in Stewart Hall of the GWU Tucker Student Center. A dinner will be offered at 6 p.m., prior to the program. To RSVP for the dinner, contact LeGrand at

Rev. Deb Richardson Moore will speak March 21 at 7 p.m. in Stewart Hall of the Tucker Student Center and during the University’s Dimensions program at 9:30 a.m. March 22 in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center. Moore is a writer and author of “The Weight of Mercy,” and she serves as pastor of Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, S.C., where she works to create effective and innovative homeless ministries.

“They both go about their work from different angles,” LeGrand said of the guest speakers, “but they use innovative principles to make their communities—and the world—a better place for all people.”

For more information about “Building Bridges” and social entrepreneurship, contact the GWU Center for Christian Ethics & Social Responsibility at 704-406-2348.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University seeks a higher ground in higher education, one that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires in students a love of learning, service and leadership.