Towson NAACP holds Race Panel

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“The Race Dialogues Project,” sponsored by the Towson University Chapter of the NAACP, was a two-day event aimed at fostering a healthy dialogue about cultural competency and racial tensions, according to chapter president Destini Collins.

“We just want to get a dialogue going between different groups of people from different backgrounds,” Collins said. “To be honest, to put it in blatant terms – black people want to know what white people think, and white people want to know what black people think.”

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TU sponsors Relationship Violence Awareness Week

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During an Oct. 7 tabling event, wellness peer educators from the Health Center placed 6,677 purple flags on the Cook Library beach to represent the number of students at Towson that will be affected by relationship violence during their time in college.

“I feel like many students don’t know the signs, so that’s the first thing we’re trying to do,” Wellness Peer Educator Charnell Mercer said. “We really want to inform students… I think it’s important because the statistics say one in three women will be abused – mentally, physically – that’s all kinds of abuse.”

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TU NAACP plans football sit-in

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The Towson University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People encouraged spectators at Towson’s Oct. 8 home game against Stony Brook University to remain seated for the national anthem “as a symbol for peaceful protest to recent injustices,” according to a flyer that circulated online.

“The experiences of ethnic minorities, particularly African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, is not reflected in the phrase, ‘the land of the free,’” Towson NAACP president Destini Collins said. “Today, that lack of inclusion is still relevant. We hope that students will reflect on the national anthem, a moment of patriotism, with a different perspective.”

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Educator, Activist Jane Elliott challenges oppression

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Lecturer and activist Jane Elliott presented “The Anatomy of Prejudice,” a discussion on challenging societal systems of oppression, Sept. 28 in SECU arena.

Elliot is a former third-grade teacher, as well as an anti-racist educator, feminist and LGBTQ+ activist.

In the presentation, Elliott discussed her most notable exercise – the “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise.

She created the exercise after the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I was furious,” Elliott said. “I was instantly furious.”

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Town Hall updates community on demands

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Towson’s Student Government Association and the Division of Student Affairs held a “Be Heard” town hall-style meeting Sept. 21 in West Village to discuss progress on the demands from the November 2015 #OccupyTowson sit-in.

“I think it’s important to have continued dialogue.” SGA President Taylor James said. “Some things do move slow, but issues that students and community members are having do change pretty rapidly.”

During the sit-in last year, a group of black students created a list of demands demonstrating concerns they had regarding their safety and inclusiveness on campus.

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