Tag Archives: conversation

Mesa de Español

Elijah Jimenez ’18 invites you to come practice speaking Spanish at lunch:

Come and practice! M-F 12-1 (starting 9/18) USDAN 2nd floor — Mink Dining hall (the quiet side)–the last table on right (against the far wall by the window). Look for the blue sign on the wall.

Date: Mondays through Fridays
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Place: Usdan Marketplace, Mink Dining (“quiet side”), last table on the right

Beckham Hall Ruptures and Collapses From Weight of Released Emotion

Video from the event is here.

Last night, hundreds (by my count, 400+) students, faculty, and staff piled into Beckham Hall for what became an over-three-hour long panel/discussion on issues of diversity and community at Wesleyan. By the end, as the clock approached 11:00 PM, there were still at least 200 attendees remaining. By all accounts, the forum was an immensely powerful and public out-letting of emotion and outrage at our community’s collective failings to address intense ruptures in Wesleyan’s identity as “Diversity University.”

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sonia Manjon moderated the discussion, leading a panel that included President Michael Roth ’78, Director of Public Safety Dave Meyer, students Jalen Alexander ’14, Dorisol Inoa ’13, Chantaneice Kitt ’13, and Evan Okun ’13, Professor Alex Dupuy and Professor Elizabeth McAlister. The original intent of the forum was to address diversity in light of recent events, most notably hateful and racist comments on the ACB after Homecoming Weekend, the use of race in Public Safety reports, and allegations of unnecessary use of force by Public Safety, but the conversation touched on many, many more areas of community dysfunction.

There were a few things that were made amply clear to everybody last night, if they weren’t clear already: