A Welcome Meeting During Defensive Times
By Jonathan Walker
The Chattanooga State Social Justice Club has been hosting a biweekly Anti-Racist Discussion Group via Zoom on Fridays, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
The Social Justice Club has been hosting a “welcoming conversation about race,” according to the club’s page on ChattSync – Chattanooga State’s community-centered website.
“These conversations grew out of our anti-racist book club last semester, where a group of students, faculty, and staff read Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to Be An Anti-racist, which is the Global Scholars common read this year. We wanted to keep those conversations going, but we worried that having a book to read might mean some students didn’t feel like they had time to participate. We started these biweekly discussions as an experiment — we didn’t know if anyone would come, and we intentionally kept the agenda pretty open. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been delightfully surprised with how well they’ve gone, and we hope even more students will join us at future gatherings,” said Dr. Liz Norell, professor and facilitator of these discussions.
“There is something so different about what we are doing in the Anti-Racist discussions. It’s a free, safe, and respectable place where your input has value. I really wish my classmates would take advantage of this opportunity,” said Zennia NeSmith, moderator and participant for these discussions.
Registration for the event can be found on Chattanooga State’s ChattSync page. After registering, users will be provided with a link to join the meeting on the times they are held, according to ChattSync. The Zoom-hosted event is open to the public, and free to attend.