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Panel Combats Racism, Opens Discussion About Immigration

April, 2017
  • Stand Against Racism attendees
  • Stand Against Racism panel
  • Stand Against Racism speakers
  • Stand Against Racism banner

In an effort to support immigrants and refugees in the college community, QCC hosted an event and discussions to combat racism.

On Friday, April 28, QCC worked with the YWCA to host an event taking a Stand Against Racism. The topic of the event was “Immigration and Race in Our Communities,” and the day included two panel discussions, a lunch and the showing of a film. The discussions were to explore the realities facing immigrants, refugees and transnational migrants in Central Massachusetts.

The first panel discussion, “Our Stories,” included QCC students, faculty and staff speaking about their experiences as newcomers to the United States. The second panel discussion, “Realities, Supports, Resources,” included local area service providers and immigrant advocates who shared information and practical resources.

In between the panels, lunch was provided and there was a showing of the film, Ni Aqui, Ni Alla (Neither Here, Nor There), by Gabriela Bortolamedi, about the challenges faced by an undocumented college student and her family.

Students, faculty and staff can show their support by wearing a Stand Against Racism wristband, signifying their commitment to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The wristbands will be distributed in locations around campus, or you may obtain one by calling ext. 4368 or stopping by the President’s Ofiice, room 132A

For the fifth year in a row, there will be a Stand Against Racism banner available for signing. Students were able to sign the banner at the events on April 28, and it was also available for signing in the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center earlier that week.

For further information, contact the Diversity Caucus Chairman Trent Masiki at tmasiki [at] qcc.mass.edu or SAR Project Leader Anne Shull at ashull [at] qcc.mass.edu