September 26, 2003
Diversity conversations resume Oct. 6
by Anne Krapfl
The lasting impact of a 1954 Supreme Court ruling that ended segregation in
education will be the focus of the first President's Conversation on
Diversity Monday, Oct. 6. On its 50th anniversary, the Brown vs. the Board
of Education of Topeka court case is the focus of a year-long campus
The diversity conversation series launched a year ago resumes next month
with a free lunch (noon to 12:50 p.m.) and discussion (1 to 2 p.m.) in the
Memorial Union Great Hall and Sun Room. All staff, students and faculty are
invited to participate.
Between now and Oct. 6, ISU students equipped with video cameras will be
around campus, asking staff, faculty and students to respond to questions
regarding segregation in education, what they know about the Brown vs. Board
case and the impact it has had on their lives, and other issues related
generally to segregation. Those video clips will be edited into a longer
video that will be shown to initiate an audience discussion on Oct. 6.
"We started some good conversations with this series last year and we picked
up some good ideas on other things we need to talk about as a campus
community," said vice president for student affairs Tom Hill, a member of the
planning committee. "We'll try to suggest a topical idea for each of the
discussions this year. That isn't to say there won't be some general
conversations about diversity."
Faculty and staff who will eat lunch as part of the diversity conversation
are asked to pre-register either online through AccessPlus or by calling the
Office of Training and Development, 4-1070. Students should register for
lunch through the GSB office, 4-1585.
The Oct. 6 event is the first of four diversity conversations scheduled this
year. The others are planned for Nov. 19, Feb. 5, 2004, and March 23.
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