Community town hall, other initiatives announced in response to BLM movement
Lafayette’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEI) and Office of Intercultural Development (OID) are coming together to create programming that will enable the Lafayette community to share information, reflect on feelings, and document what is happening in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, incidents of police brutality against Black people, and the public outcry for justice.
Town hall meeting
A virtual town hall meeting, “A Community Conversation About Racial Injustice,” is taking place Thursday, June 11, at noon. The event will provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to share their narratives and will be moderated by Rob Young ’14, director of intercultural development, with Karina Fuentes, assistant director of intercultural development, managing the speakers.
In the near future, there also will be the announcement of a panel of faculty, alumni, and staff that will discuss anti-racism.
Contribute to digital collection
DEI and OID are creating “Expressions of Solidarity Against Racial Injustice: A Digital Collection,” where members of the Lafayette community can share creative writing, photos, video, audio materials, oral histories, personal essays, visual arts, and published works that are emerging from the multifaceted BLM movement and calls for an anti-racist society.
The collection will provide a space to share, narrate, and reflect on the deaths of George Floyd and numerous other members of the Black community, and the protests and events that followed. A link to the collection and request for submissions will be shared soon.
“Since BLM began in 2016, the interest in community-based participatory collections has grown—a growth that reflects a recognition that people should be empowered to document and share not only what is happening around them, but how it makes them feel and why change is imperative,” note DEI and OID. “When these records are collected and more voices are heard, we can build a more accurate history of these experiences and foster much-needed action for change.”