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Commiting to Diversity

Gathering on the front steps of the Scandling Center, Wednesday, Nov. 14, Sankofa: the Black Student Union delivered their address, “Wake Up! and Actively Commit to Diversity.

The address was designed to educate the campus, to begin a discourse and exchange of ideas between different racial and socio-economic groups.

Stressing the importance of the event as awareness and a call to action, Predoctoral Fellow Rodmon King, who teaches in the philosophy department and is the adviser of Sankofa, commented that “issues of race and diversity are not discussed openly, and we seek to inform people who don’t think about it. Moreover, connecting incidents from Geneva to Geneseo, to Georgia and Myanmar, King made it clear how relative and important all these events are in the struggle toward social justice.

Making a call to arms for action at HWS and across the world, King cited Gandhi’s statement to “be the change you want to see in the world. He concluded this thought by saying, “To keep racial problems from exploding, it is important to raise awareness to that issues can be dealt with.

“We want people to walk away with a greater understanding and acknowledgement of the disparities that exist in this nation, said sophomore Duane Graham.

Sankofa is devoted to increasing and maintaining the awareness, sensitivity, and responsibility to people of color and to the world. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Intercultural Affairs House- all are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Shante Rogers at shante.rogers@hws.edu