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On race and diversity

A panel discussion on race relations, featuring former Illinois State Senator Susan Garrett ’94, attorney Bill Lowry ’84, and Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, drew a large crowd on February 29.

Susan Garrett ’94Susan Garrett ’94A mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members met  in the Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel for the evening discussion, “Race Relations in the United States: Today and Tomorrow.”

“The panelists did a good job of providing insightful comments about issues related to race and politics in Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the United States,” Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Bill Lowry ’84Bill Lowry ’84Students Rob Flot said.

“A primary goal of the program was to continue the ongoing dialogue on campus related to issues of race and diversity,” Flot said. “We intend to provide additional opportunities, panels and otherwise, to continue the dialogue going forward.”


Sen. Kwame RaoulSen. Kwame RaoulThe panel discussion, featuring two alums of the College, was the third and final in a series of programs this spring related to the Forester Five value Think with Purpose.

On February 23, the College hosted, “Race: Why is it so hard to talk about?,” a conversation with former Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice. The spring series began with Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, who led the on-campus discussion, “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Faith and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century,” on February 2.