Dear Campus Community,
Like many others, the staff of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is relieved by yesterday’s verdict in the trial for the murder of George Floyd. However, we realize that while the individual who committed the act has been held accountable, racial justice has not been achieved and our work is not over. Black and Latinx people continue to be disproportionally the victims of violence and lethal force from law enforcement. Our office continues to stand in solidarity with victims of violence within marginalized communities. As a step toward continued dialogue and healing, our office will host a Fireside Chat this afternoon from 4-5 p.m., and an Artist Talk this evening from 7:30-8 p.m. The Artist Talk is co-sponsored by Cardinal Safe Zone and the Department of Art and Design. Please see below for more information and details on how to attend these events.
For many of us, the news of the trial and the ongoing police violence have been traumatic and emotionally taxing. In addition to the campus care resources shared by President Hammond in his email yesterday, our office is offering come-and-go space for the campus community this week. Campus community members are welcome to use the Multicultural Student Center (second floor, Harold and Eva White Activities Center) as a safe and welcoming space to process recent events. At these times, staff will be available to check in with students periodically.
We would also like to remind you of the following resources for those who are committed to anti-racist education and action:
- Black Lives Matter Lib Guide: Dr. Megan Paustian, Associate Professor of English, in collaboration with the President’s Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Oesterle Library, compiled a library guide on race, anti-racism and other topics this past summer. To access the guide, please visit the following link: https://noctrl.libguides.com/BLM/
- CHIRP Dialogue Training: Stephania Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs and Kamelotte Gregory, Assistant Director of the Center for Social Impact, have worked together to create a CHIRP North Central College dialogue training to assist in facilitating constructive conversations to promote understanding about divisive topics. For more information please visit the following link: https://hub.northcentralcollege.edu/sites/center-for-social-impact/news/15816/chirp-dialogue
Wednesday, April 21, 4:00-5:00 pm
Fireside Chats are a brave space for campus community members to engage in dialogue. In today’s chat we will discuss the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin as well as the shootings of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo and Ma’khia Bryant.
Zoom Meeting ID: 910 1495 6333
Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/91014956333?pwd=TWQ0b0paN0RKdDZSdlhjV25zemR3UT09
Artist Talk: Sam Kirk
Wednesday, April 21, 7:30-8:00 pm
Sam Kirk is Chicago based multidisciplinary artist, who explores culture and identity politics. Her artwork focuses on a variety of intersections which encompass a call to celebrate differences and enact change. Vivid and powerful images of women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and those who have historically been underrepresented are celebrated in narratives that share the journeys that have made them who they are. Kirk’s public murals often address social issues, as she intentionally uses the public space to spark dialogue around topics of equality and visibility for women, communities of color, and the LGBTQIA community.
Zoom Meeting ID: 896 2598 7372
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs
North Central College