Every Tuesday, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts a discussion related to a topic that affects the world: this time was Hurricane Dorian.
Bringing in Diplomat in Residence, Neal Walker, students engaged in a complex conversation surrounding the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian. Throughout the time together, students were able to discuss what it means to help after the disaster, and how our privilege changes our views.
As the talks continued, people came and left, allowing for a free-flowing discussion. Many topics were touched on, including how memes can effectively devalue the importance of such a strong natural disaster. The conversation was daunting at times, but the students came prepared.
A tradition on Eckerd’s campus spanning years, students are encouraged to come out and discuss different ideas and problems they may or may not face in their lives. Ranging from race to culture around the world, students like sophomore Cedrica Jackson, can find a “safe space” to exchange ideas and opinions on a number of topics.
In years past, students sat down to discuss hard, racially charged topics such as “the N-word” and the impact it has after generations have passed. Many students believe these talks to be engaging and ever important in our current climate.
Cedrica Jackson, a sophomore at Eckerd and a cultural trainer for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, believes the ability for students to have an open conversation really benefits the student body.
“It just gives you the opportunity to actually say things you have on your mind without pressures as you can have with a class,” Jackson said. “People will come to talk, and you always leave learning. They have a good impact on the campus, but they’re still small, we’re hoping to expand the presence.”