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Student-led discussion series focuses on race

Oct. 29, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will launch a discussion series for students Tuesday, Nov. 2, that focuses on racial issues.

Photo of artwork from Race Exhibit.The series is one of the many activities WMU is scheduling as part of the national touring exhibit, "RACE: Why Are We So Different?," which will be at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum through Jan. 2.

Although open to the public, the RACE Discussion Series is geared specifically toward WMU students. About 40 students have been trained to help facilitate the discussions, which can be used as a way to initiate conversations in the classrooms.

RACE Discussions
All discussions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in Brown Hall.

  • Tue. Nov. 2--Room 3048, "Is RACE Real? It's just skin color right?"
  • Wed. Nov. 10--Room 3025, "White, Black, Multi, Mixed, Arab, Hispanic, Native American, Asian: Racism affects us all!"
  • Tue. Dec. 7--Room 3025, "RACE across the globe. Is it just an American thing?" This conversation will feature the perspectives of international students.
  • Wed. Dec. 8--Room 3025, "Why don't we just all be colorblind and 'raceless'?"

For more information about the RACE Discussion Series or the RACE exhibit and accompanying events, contact Zarinah El-Amin Naeem in WMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at zarinah.el-amin@wmich.edu or (269) 387-6324.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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