Dr. Gail Christopher’s speaking at CSUSB symposium 2019

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The April 13 symposium on race relations and social justice at Cal State San Bernardino offered panel presentations, breakout sessions and a keynote address by award-winning social change agent and former senior adviser and vice president of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), Gail C. Christopher.

The event, “Dismantling Systems of Racism and Exclusion for a Better I.E.,” was hosted by CSUSB’s University Diversity Committee, in partnership with Westside Action Group.

“We live in a time when racism and social justice are prominent in the daily news and in the minds of many across our country,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales in his opening remarks. “Young and old, representing the spectrum of ethnic cultural and socioeconomic groups – we have to unite. We have to confront these issues on the national level and confront them on the regional level.

“I value the fact that I’m a member of this community that has such a critical impact on this region,” he continued. “I just can’t be more proud of what we are instilling in our students.”

Cesar Caballero, dean of the John M. Pfau Library and chair of the University Diversity Committee,  acknowledged the important role colleges play when it comes to societal concerns.

“Universities should contribute and be engaged with the community, and part of that engagement is beginning to help to solve some of the current issues,” he said. “That’s what we are doing today – addressing some of those issues.”

In her speech, Christopher, the visionary for and architect of the WKKF-lead Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America, focused on the false belief that some people are worth more than others. (Read full article)

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