First Horizon Bank Invests in William Peace University Students, DEI Initiative

Sep 13, 2021

First Horizon Bank has announced an investment in William Peace University (WPU)’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program.

This gift will support the newly created Diversity Educators Engaging Peace (DEEP) program. The DEEP Program is a peer education program for WPU students who will serve as ambassadors for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), supporting the office’s initiatives, programming, workshops and activities.

First Horizon’s gift will provide professional development opportunities for students to expand their understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion issues that impact their community. In its first year, the program aims to cultivate at least eight DEEP student leaders.

“First Horizon’s investment will help students become contributing members of our state, our nation and our world,” said Leah Young, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for WPU. “These efforts enrich our campus and ensure high-quality education and a well-rounded experience for our students.”

“At First Horizon, we integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into our everyday culture and daily operations to ensure success for all our employees. We are proud to support William Peace’s program to expand the DE&I efforts amongst the campus and its students,” said Laura Bunn, Triangle Market President, First Horizon Bank.

The University and First Horizon Bank investigated funding opportunities that support both institutions’ missions as well as their joint vision of life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship for students.

“Through their gift, First Horizon Bank is investing in our University and the goals of our students as they strive to build an increasingly inclusive community built on respect,” said WPU President Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D. “I am grateful for First Horizon’s commitment to WPU and we are honored to have such a high-quality organization supporting our mission.”

“I am excited for the outcomes of this program. It’s wonderful to see students who are excited about DEI initiatives, but even more so students who will become peer educators,” Bunn said. “First Horizon is committed to building stronger communities across our footprint. William Peace University is a long-standing member of this community educating the future of Raleigh.”

About First Horizon
First Horizon Corp. (NYSE: FHN), with $87.9 billion in assets as of June 30, 2021, is a leading regional financial services company, dedicated to strengthening the lives of our associates, clients, shareholders, and communities. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, the banking subsidiary First Horizon Bank operates in 12 states across the southern U.S. The Company and its subsidiaries offer commercial, private banking, consumer, small business, wealth and trust management, retail brokerage, capital markets, fixed income, mortgage, and title insurance services. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by Fortune and Forbes magazines and a Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Bank. More information is available at

About William Peace University (WPU)
Founded in 1857, William Peace University is a nationally-ranked institution in Raleigh, NC – one of U.S News’ Best Places to Live – serving almost 1000 students in 30+ undergraduate and ten professional programs in criminal justice, education, business administration, and more. Nestled in the heart of Raleigh’s downtown area, our University’s culture is as vibrant as the city that surrounds it and our students benefit from all the connection and collaboration that our central location has to offer. With supportive professors, dedicated faculty advisors, and a friendly and active student body, William Peace University students enjoy the tight-knit community of a small school and the opportunity of a growing, flourishing city.

One of WPU’s core values is diversity, inclusion and respect. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides support, advocacy, training and education events and programs for the WPU students, faculty and staff. The office focuses on the needs of minorities and those who identify as members of marginalized groups in the WPU community.