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Oregon Civil Rights Leader Celebrates Constitution Day at Warner Pacific University (Photo) - 09/14/18

Portland, OR.  – The Honorable Charlotte B. Rutherford is the keynote speaker to celebrate Constitution Day (Monday, September 17) at Warner Pacific University. Rutherford is a well respected Portland activist, former civil rights attorney, and retired administrative law judge. Her address will focus on the importance of voting and community engagement.   

Constitution Day, observed on September 17, to honor the day in 1787 when the delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. Warner Pacific’s Constitution Day event is Monday, September 17 from 1:00 – 2:15 pm in the Otto F. Linn Library on the University’s Mt. Tabor Campus. (2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland.) The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Keynote speaker, Charlotte B. Rutherford grew up in North Portland in a family that was committed to social justice and community activism. In the 1950s, her parents, Otto G. Rutherford and Verdell Burdine, were important figures in Portland’s chapter of the NAACP, helping pass the 1953 Oregon Civil Rights Bill.

Charlotte Rutherford completed postgraduate studies at Howard University School of Law and graduated seventh in her class at the Georgetown University Law Center. She returned to Portland where she worked as a law clerk for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as both a compliance officer and as a human rights investigator in the civil rights division for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor.  

Rutherford’s activism included leadership of the Black Justice Committee, the Portland Metropolitan Steering Committee, the Parent Policy Council, and the Albina Voter Registration and Education Committee, among others. Throughout her life, Judge Rutherford has used her voice to promote equality, serve those who have been historically under-represented in political discourse, and celebrate the Black community in Portland. 
 

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About Warner Pacific University

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Warner Pacific was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Campus in the West, as a Best College in the West (10), and a Best Value School (8). Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.

Family celebrates their 2018 graduate from Warner Pacific University
Family celebrates their 2018 graduate from Warner Pacific University
Warner Pacific University Recognized for Quality, Value, and Diversity by U.S. News & World Report (Photo) - 09/10/18

Warner Pacific University is leading the way in educational quality, value, and diversity, according to new Best Colleges rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Warner Pacific University ranked #1 in Ethnic Diversity (tied) for colleges in the West and was the only institution in Oregon to appear in the list. The University also ranked as a Best Regional College (#10), and a Best Value School (#8).

“Our students and alumni already know the value of a Warner Pacific education,” said President Andrea P. Cook. “From students, to faculty, to staff – everyone at Warner Pacific is committed to cultivating a diverse learning environment where all students can pursue their dreams of earning a degree. These rankings are a public validation of our commitment to diversity, affordability, and a career-focused liberal arts education.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 1,400 U.S. colleges on up to 16 measures of academic quality. The calculation of best value takes into account academic quality and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance given an average level of need-based financial aid.

The publication's diversity rating factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of racial and ethnic groups.

“Warner Pacific is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming campus for all students,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., vice president for Enrollment and Marketing. “These rankings show prospective students and families that these aren’t just buzzwords we put in admission brochures; we are serious when it comes to diversity, affordability, and rigorous education.”

Today’s news comes on the heels of the University’s designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, making it Oregon’s first and only four year college or university to earn that title. Warner Pacific is also leaning into the Best Value ranking this semester as undergraduate students began the year with a 24 percent tuition reduction, making it the most affordable private institution in the Northwest.  

 

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About Warner Pacific University
Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.