A BC student was issued an interim suspension from the University on Sunday after writing racially explicit epithets in Welch Hall. In separate incidents, the student discharged a fire extinguisher and destroyed property in the Walsh Hall laundry room, and assaulted a BCPD officer.
Members of the FACES Council gave a presentation on Tuesday about the importance of having challenging conversation on race and racism on campus, as well as the strategies and practices the organization uses as it goes about facilitating these conversations.
“I am breaking barriers. Help break them with me,” said MA State Representative Juana Matias, encouraging women to become politically involved.
“There are racist incidents like the ones that occurred on campus, yes, but there was also an institutionalized, subtle racism. It’s quiet, hidden, and ingrained in the American psyche. Now I’ve discovered this is still evident in the white-dominated industry of Hollywood, not just in older films like The Little Colonel.”
Both individuals highlighted the importance of clarifying the consequences of committing acts of racism or hate on BC’s campus.
“As students, faculty, and administrators, we within the University community have a responsibility to ensure that each and every member of our community feels like he or she can call this place home, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other unique identity.”
Vice President of Student Affairs Barb Jones and Dean of Students Thomas Mogan attended the meeting to listen to the presentation, contribute to the conversation, and answer questions.