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Legal Aid attorney to speak at PCC’s Women’s History Month program

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Attorney Leah Arnold will be the featured speaker when PCC holds its annual Women's History Month program on March 13.


PCC News Service

Sunday, March 10, 2019

WINTERVILLE — Pitt Community College will holds its annual Women’s History Month program on March 13 with attorney Leah Arnold serving as the event’s featured speaker.

A staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Battered Immigrant Project (BIP), Arnold represents low-income immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence. Though she works out of Greenville, she represents clients throughout the state.

Arnold, who was a Clifton Everett Community Lawyer Fellow in New Bern prior to joining BIP, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She also has a certificate from the UNC School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida with a certificate in Latin American Studies.

Before attending law school, Arnold worked as a teaching assistant at a public school in Spain that had a large migrant population. More recently, she traveled to the South Texas Family Residential Center — the country’s largest immigrant detention facility — to offer her legal services pro bono to women and children seeking asylum in the United States.

Co-sponsored by PCC’s Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) and Women’s Resource Center, Pitt has held a program each March since 2001 to celebrate the achievements of women in conjunction with Women’s History Month. This year’s event will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to Arnold’s remarks, the program will include the presentation of the 2019 Woman of Substance Award, which recognizes a female employee at the college for leadership, dedication to education, and commitment to student success. The honor was established by MAC and the PCC Student Government Association to acknowledge and encourage outstanding women role models on campus.

This year’s national Women's History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors "women who have led efforts to end war, violence and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society."

Foundation auction to feature mobile bidding 

Though tickets to this month’s PCC Foundation fundraiser at Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV) are sold out, there’s still an opportunity to participate in the event’s silent auction through mobile bidding.

According to PCC Event Specialist Erin Greenleaf, this year’s “Accelerating the Future” auction will feature a wide variety of items up for bid, including jewelry, art, sporting event tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, handcrafted items and a wellness package.

Though the event at PGV won’t take place until March 15, Greenleaf said mobile bidding on auction items begins on March 11 at 8 a.m. and will continue until 8:45 p.m. the day of the fundraiser. Those interested in bidding can download the Handbid app on a mobile device or visit events.handbid.com and search for “Accelerating the Future.”

“The financial need among PCC students is great and mobile bidding gives everyone in the community a chance to support them,” Greenleaf said. “Placing a bid on an auction item may seem insignificant, but it can make a meaningful difference in a student’s ability to receive a college education as well as PCC’s efforts to prepare a skilled local workforce.”

With approximately 67 percent of PCC’s student population receiving some form of financial assistance, proceeds from “Accelerating the Future” will go toward student scholarships and a variety of educational activities at the college.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the PCC Foundation awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to recognize academic achievement and provide financial assistance for tuition and fees to students in need.

For more auction details, contact Greenleaf at 493-7496 or egreenleaf@email.pittcc.edu.

PCC financial aid director informs U.S. House

When members of the U.S. House of Representatives discuss ways to improve to the federal student aid program, a pair of North Carolina legislators can credit PCC Financial Aid Director Lee Bray with helping them become well-versed on the topic.

While attending the 2019 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Leadership and Legislative Expo in Washington, D.C., last month, Bray joined financial aid representatives from several other North Carolina schools in a meeting with staff from the offices of George Holding and Virginia Foxx. Holding represents North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes portions of central and eastern N.C., while Foxx represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers the state’s northwestern corner.

“We focused on topics related to the proposed education bills that are being discussed in Congress, specifically the Faster Access to Federal Student Aid Act of 2018, which aims to simplify the financial aid application process, as well as income-driven repayment plans,” Bray said.

Discussion, she said, also centered on the possibility of eliminating loan origination fees, an idea included in the proposed reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which was created in 1965.

“While talking about the Higher Education Act, which hasn’t been updated in 10 years, we also focused on flexibility for schools to limit student loan borrowing and continued funding for extremely important programs, such as Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Federal Pell Grants,” she said.

Bray, whose participation was sponsored by the N.C. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said she spent her first two days in the nation’s capital learning tips on transitioning into the role of financial aid director.