FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Black Lives Matter movement is bringing racial injustice to the forefront of everyday discussions, including those in the education system.
Indiana Tech Chief Diversity Officer, Lisa Givan says, “we have to meet them where they are” when referring to the university’s students returning to campus in the fall after so much has happened since they left in the spring.
Givan says, “In the midst of a [coronavirus] pandemic, we are having a movement and they’re growing at a different rate than we may be growing and we have to educate ourselves as staff.”
The protests in downtown Fort Wayne localize matters even more.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Admissions at Purdue Fort Wayne, Kenneth Christmon, says, “At the end of the day if you don’t know how to communicate, listen, empathize and have some willingness to have an experience outside of your comfort zone, you’re just walking in the park and you’re not having impact.”
A lesson he hopes the protests have made on educators both locally and nationwide.