Rosemont Community Gathers for Virtual Social Justice Forum
On Thursday, June 4th, members of the Rosemont community gathered virtually for a forum on social justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and nationwide protests. Organized by Campus Ministry, more than 80 Rosemont students, faculty, staff, and alumni joined the Zoom session.
“I think the Zoom call was one of the first steps to truly understand the impact of race and racism on a larger scale at Rosemont,” said Abigail Brooks, ’22.
Gina Ingiosi, Director of Campus Ministry and Tim Poole, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, shared welcoming comments and reflections, followed by small group discussions in Zoom break-out rooms to discuss how individuals are processing the events and what our community can do to combat racism.
“I honestly have never been prouder to be a part of Rosemont’s community,” said Gabe Rizzo ‘21. “I was not only impressed with the number of people on the call, but I was also impressed with the thought and effort that was put into all the participants’ comments and responses.”
The forum – scheduled for one hour – stretched into two hours as participants took the floor to speak.
“The two-hour forum addressing the killing of George Floyd and the issue of systemic racism gave voice to the voiceless,” said Brittney Nix-Crawford, Assistant Professor of Communications and Discipline Chair of Communications.
“As a black woman in America, the forum gave me a safe space to exhaust my personal feelings without judgment. It became an open door to lay down the grief, pain, and frustration on our community floor. Students, faculty, and alumni were heard, accepted, comforted as we confronted the issue of racism in America.”
During a time when members of the campus community are apart due to the pandemic, the forum provided a supportive environment to bring Rosemont’s many audiences together.
“It's been my personal experience that my students have as much (if not more) to teach me as I have to teach them,” said Roseann Corey, Assistant Professor of UC Writing.
“I cannot express how much I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of conversations like this, and to be able to develop a crucial connection with all of my students and colleagues.”
Rosemont and Campus Ministry will continue to keep the dialogue open and lay out next steps.
“I think it is important that we do not just stop at conversations but we have actions that back it up as well,” said Brooks.