Students, community members, faculty and administration united on the UC front lawn today to march in solidarity with the University of Missouri.
The event, which was organized by Chris Collado, ’18, and Freddy Coleman, ’17, included a march around campus and an open forum, where those in attendance had the opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts about dealing with racial injustices.
In addition to addressing issues related to institutionalized racism that have been recently brought to national attention, speakers also addressed the uneasy social climate that persists at Lehigh.
Speakers expressed their desires to see a more diverse staff and student body at Lehigh, and an increased discourse and dialogue about the challenges faced by the university’s students of color.
Collado, who admitted that he was surprised by the large turnout, said that in order to create lasting change, Lehigh should make room in the curriculum for learning about cultural diversity and awareness, and push toward a more global education. He began and ended the march by reading two poems by Maya Angelou.