Virginia Western Community College invites the public to attend a free discussion, I Persist, where panelists will share inspiring stories of how they overcame obstacles to gain their education and build fulfilling careers and lives.

Members of the panel will share their journey, answer questions and interact with members of the audience. This event serves to build cultural awareness in our community, help students feel connected to others who have successfully overcome adversity, and to encourage students to continue working toward their academic goals.

WHAT: I Persist panel discussion

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, September 18

WHERE: Whitman Theater, Virginia Western Campus (Directions and parking)


Dr. Saleem Ahmed – Director of Anatomy; Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School, retired
Angela Hairston-Niblett
– Director, TRIO Student Support Services; Virginia Western Community College
Alexander Scott – Professor; Virginia Western Community College
Mindy Woodford – Professional Photographer; Virginia Western Alumnus
MODERATOR: Natasha Lee – Student Activities Coordinator; Virginia Western Community College

For more information on the I Persist panel, please contact TRIO Pathways Student Support Services, at 540-857-7289 or