Students can engage in racial healing
Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17 will begin the celebration of Racial Healing and Transformation Week at LCC.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be engaged on campus in a week of essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice.
The week will involve deep listening, discussions, racial healing and a celebration of common humanity. The ultimate goal is to take collective action to create a more just and equitable world, according to Dr. Tonya Bailey, the chief diversity officer at LCC.
Bailey said she is looking forward to having the campus and surrounding community joined to recognize and engage in the important work of racial healing.
"Now, more than ever, we need to actively come together and heal," Bailey said. "I am looking forward to our week-long engagement activities designed to bring all people together in their common humanity, and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable college community and world."
Everyone is welcome to come to the Cesar Chavez Learning Center (CCLC) in A&S Building room 1313 to attend the week's events and be a part of the ongoing conversation.
Some events that Dr. Bailey specifically recommended include:
- Jan. 17 – MLK Day "I Have a Dream" project and discussion, 4 to 6 p.m.;
- Jan. 19 – How to be an Activist, 10 to 11 a.m.;
- Jan. 19 – Social Political Movement discussion, with educator and activist Ozzie Rivera, 11 a.m. to noon;
- Jan. 19 – Film and discussion of "Judas & the Black Messiah" noon to 2:15 p.m.;
- Jan. 20 – Courageous Conversation: "Racial Healing- A Path to Racial Equity," noon to 2 p.m.
To see the full schedule of events planned and to learn more about Racial Healing Week, go to the racial healing event page on LCC's website. The website also contains a link to join a WebEx to participate in the events happening in the CCLC remotely.
Dr. Bailey encourages students to come be part of the conversation.
"As we move forward on our collective journey to achieve racial equity," Bailey said, "we strongly encourage students to find time to speak and hear the truth about past wrongs and present consequences created by individual and systemic racism."