A campus community forum to discuss recent police-involved shootings of black men and youth will be held Tuesday (Dec. 9) from 7-8:30 p.m. at the event center inside the West Virginia University College of Law.
In the wake of incidents in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City, New York; and Cleveland, Ohio; the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, in collaboration with Well WVU, The WVU College of Law, the University Police Department, Morgantown Police and The Center for Black Culture and Research, will host the campus community forum to discuss feelings, state facts and become more educated and aware of current issues.
The Black Student Union, the WVU NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the new Culturas WVU and Campus Greens organization, will join together in a public forum with an influential team of local and University Police chiefs, faculty and administrators to dissect these issues.
The campus leaders, from various corners of the University, will serve as conversation facilitators to discuss these occurrences openly and informatively, with strongly encouraged participation from the audience.
One goal, among others, is to better understand how others feel about the recent events along with providing some suggestions for proactive measures Morgantown can take. Ideally, these measures, could also aim to provide aid to fellow Americans in some way.
A candlelight vigil will be held immediately following the forum outside the College of Law. This vigil will be held in remembrance of the black men and youth who have lost their lives at the hands of police brutality/excessive force. Through this endeavor, the groups aim to unite the WVU campus and community in a peaceful moment of silence as one WVU. All of the WVU community are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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