Office of University Life hosts second panel, discusses systematic racism and current tensions

Friday, November 6, 2015

BY JULIANA KAPLAN AND ERIN MIZRAKI | COLUMBIA DAILY SPECTATOR | NOVEMBER 5, 2015, 10:25 PM

The Black Lives Matter movement and democracy were up for discussion at the second installment of Awakening Our Democracy on Tuesday.

Awakening Our Democracy, a conversation series sponsored by the Office of University Life, aims to spark campus conversation about race, ethnicity, inequality, and justice in America. The series is a part of a larger attempt by the office, under Executive Vice President Suzanne Goldberg, to engage with students on challenging contemporary issues.

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"The three presenters were very knowledgable about different topics and able to talk about them, so that everyone could relate and understand," Holman said. "It was great, really insightful, and I’m glad I came out."

Goldberg said she hopes students will feel encouraged to continue the conversation in the "Ideas and Action" section of the office’s website by submitting their responses to the events as well as requests for future topics.

"If you are inspired, please send us a post that we can post to the University website," Goldberg said. "You can get your ideas out there, and we encourage and invite you to do that."

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