Last Thursday evening, nearly 200 students, faculty, and staff gathered in Alden Memorial for what is expected to be the first of a series of conversations on race, diversity, and inclusion on campus. This event followed a Nov. 12 gathering of students of color, joined by staff and faculty dressed in black in a show of solidarity with campuses around the nation that are undergoing racial strife.
Panelists included President Laurie Leshin; Bonnie Walker, director of Multicultural Affairs; Tommy Larkin, president of the Student Government Association; and Antoine Crews, president of the Black Student Union.
“The issue of persistent racism is making headlines, and we’re not immune to it,” Walker said. “These conversations are necessary, even if they’re uncomfortable.”