YCP to Host Todd Allen, VP of Diversity Affairs at Messiah, for Juneteenth Talk on Freedom

York College of PA to Host Todd Allen, VP of Diversity Affairs at Messiah, for Juneteenth Talk on Freedom


YORK, Pa. – York College of Pennsylvania will mark Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, with a talk by Todd Allen, vice president of diversity affairs at Messiah University. “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle” will begin at 3:30 p.m., June 21, in Waldner Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.


Allen’s discussion will provide a deeper discovery of the freedom struggles of the past, as well as an examination of how this quest for freedom serves as a guide for the ongoing quest for citizenship in the present.


 In his current senior leadership role at Messiah, he provides focused attention to institution-wide policies and practices that promote inclusive excellence through the pursuit of diversity across the University. He is founder of the Common Ground Project, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement. For the past 21 years, in partnership with the PNC Foundation, Allen has led the “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights” bus tour. He is a frequent lecturer on commemorative practices/public memory related to the Civil Rights Movement and also teaches in Messiah’s Communication department.


Established in 1787, York College of Pennsylvania is a private, four-year college located in the city of York, a hub of arts and industry between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Housed on 190 picturesque acres, the College is known for its focus on experiential learning and community engagement, serving over 3,500 undergraduate and 400+ graduate students in more than 70 baccalaureate majors, along with 30+ professional graduate degree and certificate programs. Deeply rooted in the liberal arts and recognized for excellence in its professional business, education, engineering, and nursing programs, York is ranked among the nation’s Best Value Schools by U.S. News. The College’s robust recreation and athletics program is among the best in the region, and is home to 24 NCAA III Division sports teams and 30+ intramural sports. A Princeton Review Best Northeastern College, York prides itself on its experienced, engaged faculty; its high-impact and student-centric philosophy; and its long-standing commitment

to affordability and accessibility.




Contact:  Mary Dolheimer, Chief Communications Officer

717-815-1584, 717-577-0810 (cell) or mdolheim@ycp.edu