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Campus discussion series to examine race, diversity, civil discourse

A series of campus conversations about issues of race, diversity and civil discourse will be held at Western Carolina University beginning Tuesday, April 5.

The discussion group sessions are being held in the wake of anonymous postings on social media platforms and chalked messages on campus sidewalks in March. Some of the social media postings have contained language deemed racist, hurtful, offensive and frightening to many members of the campus community.

“One of the primary objectives for the remainder of this semester will be to listen to the many constituent groups on campus and engage in conversations about these concerns and our national context,” WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher said in an email announcing the discussion series. “From this dialogue, the university will plan and implement additional activities, events and programs.”

Sessions are planned for students and for faculty and staff. All will be held in rooms at A.K. Hinds University Center. The schedule is:

Tuesday, April 5, noon–2 p.m., Multipurpose Room – Dialogue with Students.

Wednesday, April 6, noon–2 p.m., Multipurpose Room – Dialogue with Faculty, Staff.

Thursday, April 7, noon–2 p.m., Multipurpose Room – Dialogue with Students.

Monday, April 11, 8–10 p.m., Dogwood Room – Dialogue with Students.

Tuesday, April 12, 5–7 p.m., Dogwood Room – Dialogue with Faculty, Staff.

Tuesday, April 12, 8–10 p.m., Dogwood Room – Dialogue with Students.

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