With racial tensions high across the country, college students are searching for ways to deal with issues while reuniting their communities.
Lone Star College System will host a Race Summit Conference featuring local and national college students Sept. 22-24. LSC-Kingwood’s student panelists invites the campus and community to discuss race relations Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Student Conference Center. This event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Student Success Division.
“LSC-Kingwood is rapidly growing in racial/ethnic diversity so it only makes sense to talk about what connects us all as well as what makes us unique,” said Charles Wright, student panelist and president of the Student Government Association at LSC-Kingwood. “If we can't constructively address our differences now, at this critical time in our intellectual growth and development, when will we ever be able to?”
University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) students Joshua Massey and Manisha Vepa will join LSC-Kingwood students as they share their experiences during the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death. They will provide firsthand accounts of the events in Baltimore, how their campus and community sought to deal with the tragedies, and how they emerged as a stronger community.
“The importance of the conference is to bring awareness to the current events involving the different types of races and to delve upon what problems we have to overcome in order to understand one another as fellow humans,” said Claudio Mercado, LSC-Kingwood student and panelist. “As a panelist, my role is to be as much a speaker as a part of the audience. Just as I will voice my opinion, I’m interested in hearing other viewpoints and how we can come to an understanding and meet each other half way.”
In addition to LSC-Kingwood, the UMBC students will also visit LSC-North Harris on Sept. 22, LSC-Montgomery and LSC-Tomball on Sept. 23, and LSC-CyFair and LSC-University Park on Sept. 24.
For more information on Lone Star College System’s Race Summit Conference, email John.J.Theis@LoneStar.edu or Kristen.A.Wilkes@LoneStar.edu.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.