Campus Conversations is Helping to Shape New Perspectives on Complex Issues Surrounding Diversity
BATON ROUGE – The fourth session of “Campus Conversations: A Dialogue on Race” concluded on April 6 in the French House’s Grand Salon. Occurring in both the fall and spring semesters, Campus Conversations allows members of the LSU community- faculty, staff, students, and alumnus- to talk openly about issues surrounding diversity.
The event began with an inspiring address from Interim Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Kenneth Miles. There were more than 60 participants, including students from organizations within the Office of Multicultural Affairs and LASAL, an Honors College program, as well as facilitators from various departments on campus.
Focusing particularly on being spatially aware of one’s surroundings, attendees discussed popular topics in the community, including the St. George breakaway city, the status of marginalized groups in Louisiana, and the Renisha McBride and Trayvon Martin cases.
The event concluded with a large group facilitation where attendees had a chance to share their small group dialogues. One of the major goals of Campus Conversations is to help participants see new perspectives on issues surrounding race, gender and diversity.
Sarah Corie, one of the Student Coordinators for Campus Conversations said, “This was an incredible opportunity to talk openly about real and complicated issues in society … I’m thankful for the ability to talk about race, gender, socioeconomics and other important topics with my fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members.”
Campus Conversations is a collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Honors College.