Oglethorpe group displays up for Brookhaven’s racial fairness discussions

The Town of Brookhaven’s Social Justice, Race, and Fairness Commission (SJREC) hosted a sequence of Conversations on Racial Equity on Aug. 9. Brookhaven group associates dined together whilst participating in conversations that confronted the concerns of racial injustice and explored how to do the job toward legitimate fairness.

Oglethorpe alumna Kiana Perkins ’21, a Brookhaven communications intern, performed a crucial role in scheduling the civic dinners.

“My biggest project in the internship has been organizing the civic dinners,” said Perkins, who majored in politics. “I labored with several neighborhood businesses to be certain their voices ended up incorporated in the conversations. I created each individual piece of promotional materials you saw for the event… I was responsible for acquiring the phrase out by using social media and I served as the point man or woman.”

Hosted at Arnette’s Chop Store, Petite Violette, EATaliano Kitchen, Villa Christina and El Potro, the dinners gave attendees the possibility to share their tales, make connections, and inform the perform of the SJREC.

“The occasion went truly perfectly! Individuals of all backgrounds came out inclined to find out and interact in what can often be a difficult discussion to have,” Perkins mirrored. “These discussions are integral not only to the commission, but for residents of the metropolis as properly. I figured out a lot about what citizens of Brookhaven were being suffering from and, as I keep on this work, this will enable me study how to better serve them.”

Amin Amedie '21, Makayla Adams '22, Margaret Light '20, and Kiana Perkins '21 at the Brookhaven Civic Dinners, hosted August 9, 2021

Amin Amedie ’21, Makayla Adams ’22, Margaret Gentle ’20 and Kiana Perkins ’21

Perkins participated in the discussions at the EATaliano Kitchen location, alongside with Oglethorpe’s Makayla Adams ’22, Amin Amedie ’21 and Margaret Gentle ’20. As senior course presidents for their respective classes, Perkins and Adams prepare to collaborate on a civic supper this fall for the Class of 2022.

Oglethorpe Dean of Students Dr. Kyle R. Williams also serves on the Social Justice and Racial Equity Fee and sits on the Hiring and Retention Subcommittee, which is centered on reviewing and enhancing Brookhaven’s using the services of and retention methods and procedures for town personnel. 

Williams served as a discussion facilitator for the civic meal celebration.

“As a participant, it was excellent to focus on methods in which I have been impacted all over my everyday living as a cis-Black male and to engage with other people,” he claimed. “As a facilitator, it was excellent to do the exact same issue, but to have the potential to also lead the dialogue down several paths centered on wherever the participant discussion went.”

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