In past months, students have called upon academia to take on a greater responsibility in addressing the issues of race found upon their campuses that are a reflection of those that pervade our society today. Last mid-October, the University of Florida allowed a student organization to invite well-known white nationalist, Richard Spencer inciting riots and forcing the governor to declare a state-of-emergency.
Simultaneously at Boston College, students hosted rallies throughout the week reacting to the administration’s response towards various racist incidents that had occurred on campus. On multiple occasions, students vandalized “BLACK LIVES MATTER” signs on residence hall doors. On a separate occasion, a student was caught having posted a racist comment describing slaves on Snapchat. These BC rallies made news headlines and were a testament to the pain that some students experienced.
This Forum explores how faith may or may not play a role in addressing racial tension on higher education campuses. To what extent should higher education be held accountable? The speakers will discuss the responsibilities academics and college students face when dealing with issues of race, as well as how faith might motivate feelings of responsibility. We hope this event will encourage further discussion about ways to tackle race issues at Boston College.
Dr. Cullen Buie, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, will be in dialogue with Dr. Min Hyoung Song, Director of the Asian American Studies Program, and Professor of English at Morrissey School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. Dr. Anjali Vats, Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African Diaspora Studies at Morrissey School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College and Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School, will be moderating the Forum.