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Last week, three Alice Lloyd College students and administrative staff attended the Appalachian Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. Like Alice Lloyd, AEI works to advance ideas rooted in the belief in democracy, free enterprise, and American strength and global leadership.

Students and staff spent three days in conversation with fellow Appalachians and leading scholars discussing current issues facing the Appalachian community. Topics included Appalachian history, rebuilding small towns and rural areas, the opioid crisis, workforce development and telling stories of forgotten places. Students were also given an opportunity to tour the U.S. Capitol while in the city.

For 100 years, Alice Lloyd College has been committed to providing opportunity for Appalachia through education. The Appalachian Policy Summit was an opportunity to share the work that is being done on Caney Creek, network with others who share the same heart for improving the region, and facilitate discussion on moving mountain towns forward.