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Trustee's Endowment Benefits Key Centers

Beverly Brown is fairly new to the Regent University community, having only been appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 2011, but her newness is masked by vision and support. Brown has recently established an endowment fund for Regent that will serve the Youth and Urban Renewal Center (YURC) and the Center for Latino Leadership (CLL), allowing each center to help further the education of at-risk students.

"I am thrilled to be contributing to the great work that Regent is doing in the Latino and urban communities," says Brown. "My prayer is that this endowment will help Regent's centers fulfill their God-given mission to engage our culture and to reach and uplift our young people to bring them together in the unity of Christ's Spirit for His glory."

Though she is trained as a teacher and holds a Montessori certification, Brown now uses her gifts as a volunteer with inner-city initiatives. Brown and her husband, Dr. Matthew Brown, mentor college students and young adults at their home in Dallas, Texas, providing a safe haven for students to study, talk and relax.

Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo met the Browns in 2008 and visited their home on a night when a number of students were gathered. "We saw how quickly President Campo bonded with them and how his heart is in alignment with ours," Brown recalled. "We saw a common interest in true world outreach, and we saw servant leadership."

Brown has also seen firsthand how Regent's vision and mission aligns with her own. "It was clear that Regent operates under God's leadership and direction," she said after a recent campus visit. "Having been able to interact with some of the students and see what they're all about—what they stand for—was a wonderful experience. The students are definitely the university's strongest asset."

"Our hope is that this initial endowment will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to partner with these centers to reach students across the globe," President Campo said.

YURC provides custom-designed leadership training, youth ministry training and intervention for young people in inner-city communities. It also facilitates coalitions and offers strategic planning services to churches and urban initiatives.

CLL exists to be a resource for Regent's Latino students and to make a positive difference in Latino communities locally, nationally and globally. The center also serves as a research hub for Latino studies in Christian higher education and general Latino relevant issues.

Learn more about YURC and CLL.

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