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MCC Hosts Documentary Screening and Community Dialogue on Racism and Privilege

On Thursday, February 1st, several campus organizations teamed up to hold a community screening of the documentary film I'm Not Racist...Am I? at the Downtown Campus. The event, which provided increased opportunity to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at MCC and beyond, was co-hosted by Global Education and International Services, the Teaching and Creativity Center, the African American Affinity Group, the Latino Empowerment Network, BSU@DowntownCampus, SEGA, and the PRISM Multicultural Center. Approximately 125 members of the student body, faculty, staff, administration, and Rochester community were in attendance.

More than a film screening, this was a platform for pointed, multicultural, and intergenerational dialogue by which the activity's facilitators--Kelly Weishaar from Fairport CSD, Barb Reardon from ROC2Change and the West Irondequoit CSD, and Dr. Makini Beck from RIT--stopped the film at key points to ask important questions about racism and privilege. Many left the screening with an interest in continuing the discussion at future events.

One upcoming event for faculty, staff, and administrators includes the June Teaching and Learning Conference. This professional development activity will focus on micro messaging and creating inclusive classroom environments.

Please continue to check the Tribune and Events Calendar for other ways to get involved in these important and necessary conversations.

Michael Jacobs
Liberal Arts