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Kicking off Boiling Point Series

On Monday, Feb. 22 the monthly discussions of the new dialogue series, the Boiling Point, will continue. The Boiling Point series was established  by several student groups “to create an inclusive and open-minded community that is no longer afraid of talking and discussing their opinions,” said JoJo Vinick ’11, president of the Campus Activities Board.

The series kicked off in January with a showing of the movie “Higher Learning” followed by a discussion of the film. “Higher Learning” depicts the lives of several students on a college campus from different backgrounds who encounter intense racial tension and problems with injustice.

“‘Higher Learning’ portrays many of the stereotypes that cultural clubs on campus discuss. The goal of the event is to connect and draw parallels between the movie and the social issues here,” said Vinick ’11.

According to Gabby Perez ’11, the president of Student Movement for Real Change, another organizer of Boiling Point, the series was initiated by a number of Colleges’ community members who wanted to  “keep the dialogue flowing,” after the social awareness and inclusiveness forums in November.  Among them are Director of Student Activities Robert Pool; Kim Kochin, assistant director of Student Activities; and Darline Polanco, programming coordinator for the Intercultural Affairs Center, and various students on campus.

“We decided to create this series to give students an opportunity to express themselves in a safe space revolving around the topic of the month,” says Perez.  The topics will be driven by student input and suggestions and the discussions will be led by students and experts on the given topics. Perez and Vinick will host the discussions.

Future events will be held at 7 p.m. in the Wasey Lounge, on March 22, and April 19 (all Mondays).