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Student Clubs Sponsor Community Discussion on Ferguson, Missouri

On Oct. 30, the Visitation community gathered to discuss the tragedy and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The discussion, entitled “A Town Called Ferguson, A Place Called America,” was led by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, a Georgetown University assistant history professor.

“I feel proud that Georgetown Visitation hosts events like this one, because it demonstrates the importance that we place on conversations about diversity and expanding our knowledge on such prevalent issues of our time,” says Cecilia Kane ’16.

Nearly 200 Visitation students, parents, faculty, staff, Sisters, and alumnae, as well as DeMatha students and faculty, participated in the conversation, which was sponsored by Visitation’s Kaleidoscope and Black Women’s Society clubs. Dr. Chatelain explained the historical and contemporary context of the unrest in Ferguson and how it led to tension there. In a question and answer session that followed, she urged students to think about how they can spread knowledge and provide opportunities for others to learn and grow.

“I appreciated how she gave us advice to approach such difficult topics: don’t be defensive, just talk about it and see how people feel,” says Demia Lee ’15.

In addition, Dr. Chatelain encouraged everyone to make a commitment to share their talents, because no one knows the impact they can have.

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