Representatives from several DSU campus initiatives have organized a campus event entitled DSUnited: A Day of Dialogue and Solidarity scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29.
The purpose is to reiterate Delta State University’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and a cohesive learning environment. Activities will highlight the university’s intolerance for bigotry and hate and clarify University policies and procedures for students who feel threatened or need to report an incident. Planned events include a speak-out on the main quadrangle of campus, followed by a panel discussion with key administrators, and a silent vigil for lives lost due to racial hatred and violence.
The events are sponsored by QEP, the Delta State University Diversity Committee, Winning the Race, the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, the International Student Office, and the Student Government Association.
Events will include a panel discussion at 12:15 p.m. in the second floor east lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union which will include:
- University President William N. LaForge,
- Dr. Vernell Bennett, Vice President for Student Affairs,
- Reilly Morse, President/CEO, Mississippi Center for Justice,
- Hope Johnson, Delta State student and member of the DSU Diversity Committee,
- Caleb Chambers, Delta State political science major,
- Ashley Griffin, SGA President, and
- Kayla Hines, President of the African American Student Council.
Several special guests are also invited to attend the panel discussion and provide support or information as needed. They include:
- DSU Police Chief Johns,
- Ronnie Mayers, Athletics Director,
- Counseling faculty & staff, and
- Michael Lipford, Director of Student Development.
The complete schedule is listed in the image below.