Zoom session to examine inclusion for students of color

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“The Future of Inclusion: Students Discuss the Summer of 2020 and Campus Culture,” a Zoom discussion with students of color exploring COVID-19, racial unrest and the new school year, will be conducted on Friday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The goal of this virtual discussion is to provide a space for Fredonia students of color to share with one another, and the larger Fredonia community, how they have been emotionally and psychologically impacted by COVID-19, the recent incidents of racialized violence in the U.S. and by the subsequent civil unrest that has followed.

New and returning students of color will have an opportunity to share their experiences as minority students on the campus. A brief question-answer session will be held near the end of the session. Two Fredonia counselors will offer strategies that underrepresented students can use to navigate the fall semester.

The four student participants are Jillian Beard, of Buffalo, a senior Psychology major and president of Student Association; Brendon Laluz, Bronx, a senior Computer and Information Sciences major and resident assistant; Crystal Robinson, Queens, a junior English Adolescent Education major and resident assistant; and Tiffani Robinson, Fairport, a junior Dance major and Honors student.

Also serving on the panel will be David White, director of Multicultural Support Services; Ivory Brooks, counselor, the Counseling Center; and Miranda Shelanskey, counselor-in-residence.

Registration, which is required to attend the meeting, can be placed online.

The Zoom meeting is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. More information is available online.

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