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Voorhees Establishes Nonviolent Task Force with Local Law Enforcement

February 1, 2024, DENMARK, SC— Voorhees University proudly announces the establishment of the Voorhees University Nonviolent Task Force under the auspices of the Becoming Beloved Community Foundation. This initiative brings together local law enforcement representatives from Bamberg, Barnwell, and Allendale Counties, with the Director of Orangeburg Public Safety, Charles P. Austin, serving as an advisor.

The primary objective of the Task Force is to explore effective strategies for reducing crime in our local communities. “We are elated to initiate the steps needed to join forces in our community and proud to be the catalyst used to bring our communities together to establish it,” states Voorhees President, Dr. Ronnie Hopkins.

The Task Force is at the beginning stage of its development and will be crafting its goals and objectives in the coming weeks and months.

President Hopkins has spearheaded efforts to develop the Becoming Beloved Community Foundation in collaboration with community constituents. This platform at Voorhees University encompasses the following major tenets: Center for Women’s Empowerment and Advancement, Rural Community Development Institute, Institute for Social and Environmental Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion

For more information on the Voorhees University Nonviolent Task Force, please contact Dwayne Smiling at 803.546.8560 or via email at dsmiling@voorhees.edu.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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