24 August 2013

USU Cultural Sensitivity Forum

In response to the theme of our start of semester party the USU is holding a public forum aimed at understanding why the theme was inappropriate and how to move forward. From 1-2pm we will have a panel of experts answering questions about cultural appropriation, racism, and the specific theme itself. These experts include Dr Vik Lewis an academic staff member of the University with expertise in Latin Americancultural studies, Dr Helen Young also an academic staff member whose studies focus on cultural relations, and Tabitha Prado-Richardson and Oscar Monaghan two students who coordinate the Critical Race Discussion Group on campus.

The second hour from 2-3pm will be an open discussion and planning time with a focus on creating policy to direct the theming of our programs and events in the future. We greatly encourage students who would like to engage in this second activity to attend the first, so that we can all make respectful and appropriate decisions.

This event will be conducted in a safe space that fosters learning, anyone who does not contribute to such an environment will be asked to leave.

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