On Monday, June 1st, more than 100 MBS students participated in an open forum, “I Can’t Breathe: Thinking Beyond the Smoke and Broken Glass,” which focused on race relations and the protests currently taking place across the country.
The event presented an opportunity for students to listen, ask questions, share their thoughts or just be present in solidarity. “We strengthen our MBS student community when we engage in civil conversations that promote mutual respect and understanding,” said MBS Director of Diversity and Inclusion Klarissa Karosen.
Rob Mitchell, Director of Enrollment Management, encouraged the students to share their feelings and their desire for change. “Dialogue and communication are part of the answer that we all need,” said Mr. Mitchell. “I encourage everyone to be able to listen and share in a safe space. And if you feel uncomfortable, that’s OK. That’s how we grow.”
At the end of the forum, all student participants were encouraged to send a video or a written piece about how the current racial climate is making them feel to Alexandra Shah ’21 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MBS faculty and staff members will participate in a race relations forum on Tuesday, June 2nd.