By Megan Palumbo – Sports Editor
For a Wednesday night, Arnow Campus Center was packed with people. Since the spring of 2014, Lasell students have been actively meeting to discuss racial differences at the micro and macro levels of society, and, most importantly, at Lasell. Students of all different backgrounds attended this year’s first meeting on September 14.
“There were a number of concerns that particular students of color have expressed just about their experiences on campus, and it became obvious that students needed a safe space to be able to speak very candidly and voice their opinions,” said Jesse Tauriac, Director of the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion and the coordinator for the group.
Topics such as school shootings, city bombings, college advertising, and even cultural food selections in the dining hall were discussed. There was a general understanding that everyone in the room had different perspectives and experiences – but that is the most fruitful experience for the students.
“I think that there are a lot of students who feel marginal,” said Tauriac. “Some of them are politically conservative students, who feel like a lot of their viewpoints are not necessarily represented.” That also goes for LGBTQ students; for them to know their voice can be considered and ultimately heard.
The group is also involved with Student Government Association. Attending meetings throughout the year, students try to take issues brought up at the racial difference discussions and see how they can apply solutions to the Lasell community.
The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month and is always looking to hear from more students.