Office of Multicultural Affairs Hosts Town Hall Meeting

October 05, 2009

On Thursday, October 1, a group of Rollins students, faculty and staff attended a town hall meeting organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and led by students Tina Udhwani (Class of 2012) and Laura Berk (Class of 2012). 

The meeting was called to address recent incidents involving offensive graffiti in the Rollins community, including swastikas and the number 666 drawn on a Rollins Plan poster featuring President Obama.. The meeting began with an activity titled “ROPES,” in which the audience established guidelines and expectations for the rest of the evening. The goal for the evening was to clarify any misunderstanding regarding incidents occurring on campus, as well as to come up with solutions to these problems.

After establishing a framework, the audience engaged in an open discussion, discussing the incidents around campus, how hate arises, personal experiences, and how to bring about change. One of the many suggestions was to hold monthly informational sessions in public places, such as the Cornell Campus Center, during times of high traffic. Another suggestion was to increase the level of involvement in cultural organizations, integrating multiculturalism into the curriculum and getting faculty involved in holding students accountable for their actions outside of the classroom. 

The evening ended with a consensus that much more must be done to effectively address these issues.  OMA will be sending out campus-wide e-mails on dates and locations of future meetings.  For more information on how to get involved with Rollins’ cultural organizations, or if you have questions, concerns or comments, please contact OMA at (407) 691-1240.

-Kerem Rivera (Class of 2010)

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