Impact of race and ethnicity to be examined in public forums

1/26/2007 8:00:00 AM

The University's Multiethnic Coalition will host a series of panel discussions in February to examine the impact of race and ethnicity in the classroom, workplace, and community. Featured panelists include employees from the University, Truckee Meadows Community College and northern Nevada businesses, as well as students. The programs are scheduled from noon - 2 p.m., in the Legacy Hall SBC Auditorium. The series schedule includes the following panel discussions:

  • Feb. 7 - Impact of Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom
  • Feb. 14 - Impact of Race and Ethnicity in Employment and the Workplace
  • Feb. 21 - Impact of Race and Ethnicity in the Reno/Sparks Community

"We hope that these panel discussions will raise awareness about critical issues of diversity," said Shernaaz M. Webster, co-chair of the Multiethnic Coalition.

"The series offers a forum for vigorous and provocative discussion about issues which affect the lives of everyone in our community."

There are six university diversity committees comprising students, staff and faculty. The committees identify and resolve issues of equity, provide leadership and advocacy, and develop educational opportunities.

"Participation of the public is an important component of co-curricular programs because the community is heavily invested in diversity issues," said Michael Coray, special assistant to the president for diversity.

"This series brings together a cross section of University and community college faculty and students, employees of area businesses and community members as part of an ongoing pledge by diversity committees to stimulate discussion and enrich personal reflection."

Panelists will speak about personal experiences. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.

"Those who have volunteered their time and energies to serve as panelists do so as individuals and not as spokespersons for their institutions, organizations or other affiliations," Coray said.

"They come to provide their insights on the impact of race and ethnicity. That insight is borne of experience and observation."


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