Concordia University Wisconsin’s Black Student Union (BSU) will host the first in a series of discussions on race and diversity on Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m. CT. All discussions will be offered through Zoom technology.

Entitled “The Effects of Racial Inequality on College Students,” the inaugural discussion will be moderated by Eugene Pitchford, professor and advisor of the Black Student Union, Dr. Steve Gerner, dean of students, and Nandi Mallett, undergraduate admissions counselor.

“Concordia’s BSU is honored to help lead the process of educating, learning, and growing through these difficult times,” explains Pitchford. “We are a stronger college community when all of our students feel valued and heard.”

Concordia’s BSU is open to all students. The goals of the organization are to assist every student in the following ways:

  • Build a sense of belonging.
  • Provide a safety net to ensure a culturally responsive atmosphere.
  • Strengthen academic and behavioral success.

“Now more than ever, the most important thing we as leaders and administrators can do is listen to understand and honor the different experiences of each of our students,” Pitchford says. “From a place of understanding and honor, we can create meaningful change.”

These sessions are free and open to public. The Zoom link is available by emailing Pitchford.

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