News Briefs


The Office of International and Intercultural Programs (OIP) will welcome guest speakers Robert and Fletcher Stephens to campus Jan. 21 as part of “The Gifts of Service,” the College’s annual Martin Luther King Day program. The father-son duo, speaking in the Monumental Chapel at 11 a.m., serves as a true example of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Robert Emerson Stephens is the co-founder and facilitator of the Community Action Coalition (CAC), a nonprofit organization in Suffolk, Virginia dedicated to the prevention of violence and juvenile delinquency. In conjunction with the CAC, Robert Stephens and his son Fletcher launched the student-led, anti-violence campaign Be Fight Free (BFF) in 2010. The campaign, which creates awareness about ending violence in schools, has seen great success with more than 700 King’s Fork High School students signing a pledge to remain violence free and a 70 percent drop in the number of violent acts at Lakeland High School. In recognition of the campaign’s success, Robert Stephens was awarded with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2011. Fletcher Stephens, a high school senior, is the BFF spokesperson for King’s Fork High School, where he also serves as president of the Student Council Association. He has volunteered as a member of the Suffolk Youth Advisory Council and worked as a Senate Page for the Senate of Virginia during the 2010 Legislative Session. For more information, contact Lena Johnson with OIP at 757.455.3116 or e-mail This event is free and open to the public. More