GU Women of Color hopes to create more student-lead racial dialogue

The GU Women of Color hosted a “Race at Georgetown” event on Wednesday, which aimed to create a campus-wide dialogue that enables students to share their struggles with race on campus.

According to GU Women of Color Board Member Danielle White (SFS ’15), the goal of the event to was approach the issue of race in a different way than past events on race at Georgetown.

“We have Pluralism and Action during orientation, but it’s more of a lecture series,” White said in an interview with Vox. “What we seek to do is to encourage a dialogue and not one that is lead by professors.”

The idea of this discussion was prompted from social media posts, including a Georgetown Confession post in the spring and the Twitter hashtag conversations, such as #BBGU (being black at Georgetown University) #BLGU (being Latino at GU), launched by the Black House at the end of the last semester.

“Social media has been a great forum to expose these issues,” White said. “However, [solutions] can’t be established in 150 characters.”

According to GU Women of Color Outreach Director Eng Gin Moe (SFS ’16), the group hoped for a diverse group of students to attend the discussion. But, although over 50 clubs on campus were invited, there weren’t many white students in attendance.

“In a situation like that where one group is in the majority, it turns into a discussion of everyone standing up and agreeing with one another and then the group that is in the minority doesn’t feel comfortable standing up and challenging it,” Molly O’Connell  (COL ’17) said in an interview with Vox.

Despite this issue, students raised solutions to breaking racial barriers at Georgetown, such as advocating for an academic requirement on diversity and encouraging students to discuss issues of race that they face everyday openly at Georgetown.

Photo: Joshua Raftis/Georgetown Voice

3 Comments on “GU Women of Color hopes to create more student-lead racial dialogue

  1. This is the problem with any “discussion” about race. No one will speak openly about it because no one wants to contradict what the people in front are saying. So you’ll either get cries of “reverse racism” or “institutional oppression” with everyone else agreeing.

    What we really need is a discussion about race where there’s only one rule: Nobody can call anybody else racist or unreasonable or hypocritical, before, during, and after. Like any issue, there are multiple sides. They all need to come out.

  2. If that picture is from the event, I see a lot of white people.

    Also, I’m not sure how the event was marketed, but if it’s framed as another lecture about what white people are doing wrong, you’re probably going to have a tough time getting white people in the seats.

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