Community invited to join USF in Stand Against Racism

| April 14, 2014

Special to Frost Illustrated

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne is invited to join the University of Saint Francis students and community at 10 a.m., April 25 in the university’s Hutzell Athletic Center gymnasium for Stand Against Racism, a USF student-led partnership with the YWCA Northeast Indiana in a nationwide effort to discourage racism and discrimination in society.

This will be the third year for USF to host Stand Against Racism, but the first year for USF students to lead it. Students have reached out to the community of Fort Wayne, inviting government and community leaders as guest speakers to join USF in the stand against racism, the university’s Dr. Karen Monique Gregg said.

Gregg, a sociology professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded an Indiana Campus Compact grant for Service Engagement through the Lilly Endowment to provide funding for the students to plan, implement and host the event. All of Fort Wayne is invited to take a stand and participate.

USF TRiO program director Ron Lewis will present “Hands Together, Walk Together,” centered upon three topics: Where racism and discrimination stand in the U.S. today; challenges we face in these areas; and what every person can do to make a difference.

Renowned local storyteller Chief Conda Ridley will deliver an African folk tale about transcending adversity, and YWCA Northeast Indiana representatives will speak. A song of unity will close the program.

Because the grant seeks to integrate service into the lives of students, Gregg is also working with the YWCA Northeast Indiana and the USF Office of Service and Social Action to coordinate Stand Against Racism into a service learning project for two university courses—Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations and Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations.

For more information, contact Gregg or Office of Service and Social Action Director Katrina Boedeker at The event’s Facebook page, “USF Stand Against Racism,” and Twitter feed, #StandAgRacism2014, also broaden perspective on the event’s mission.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point on online. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

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