Panelists for diversity forum announced

Issues of tolerance and diversity on campus will be addressed at a special forum on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium. A panel of nine faculty, administrators and student leaders will discuss concerns raised earlier this week after the discovery of photographs of some student leaders posing last spring in front of a Ku Klux Klan drawing after a Latino student won the Student Government Association presidency.

Titled "How to live and learn in a diverse community," the forum will be moderated by Bailey Jackson, associate professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services and former dean of the School of Education.

The panelists will be Alex Deschamps, Women’s Studies; Enoch Page, Anthropology; SGA president Eduardo Bustamante; Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life; Dan Clawson, Sociology; Ximena Zuniga, Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services; Gary Malaney, Educational Policy, Research and Administration; Bill Strickland, Afro-American Studies; and Larry Goldbaum, director of the Office of Jewish Affairs.

After the photos became public over the weekend, Gargano condemned the pictures and launched an investigation into the incident. He also initiated the forum, which he said was needed to address enduring issues of ignorance and intolerance on campus.