Fairmont State has announced that Persis Bates has been named Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs.
Her duties include community outreach, recruitment, advocacy, training and educational programming. Bates was a guiding force behind the development and implementation of the Diversity Scholar Outreach Camp and Pay It Forward Mentoring Program. Both programs are directed toward under-represented and at-risk student populations.
"She's enthusiastic and she cares about everyone," said Michael Belmear, Vice President for Student Affairs. "I'm happy to have her and I know she'll do a great job. One of the biggest focuses she'll be taking is working with the middle school students in Marion County. We've found out that high school is too late to talk to students about attending college. We need to reach them in the seventh and eighth grades."
A native of Fairmont, Bates is a 1998 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Fairmont State University in 2004. She is the daughter of Pervis and Natalie Bates of Bunker Hill, W.Va. She has one brother, Rahsaan.