Race Relations Project

By: Jillian Harding

Here’s a rundown of my schedule: I get up at 6:30 EVERY morning to go to work before class. I go to class, go back to work, go back to class, follow it up with my internship and eventually get done around 5:45 p.m. I don’t want to say that going to a two hour, class- required discussion was the very last thing I felt like doing on Tuesday, but I was tired, and hungry. And tired. After experiencing my first Race Relations Project discussion, however, my attitude is completely changed. The conversation was not awkward in the least bit. It flowed, was surprisingly intriguing, and thought provoking, and dealt with issues people are normally too afraid to speak up about. It wasn’t just restricted to race, either. We discussed culture, tradition, stereotypes, religion, sexual orientation, and the ever-so-prevalent issue of small town vs. big city living. I found that the time passed quicker than I expected. In fact, I even found it rewarding. I left the meeting, still tired and hungry, but also quite proud that my school has the ability to foster and promote such open, unbiased discussion and encourages free thought. I would suggest participating in one of the discussions to anyone.

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