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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 11 - November 6, 1997

OPEN FORUM

CAMPUS CLIMATE: A DIALOGUE

WITH PRESIDENT PAUL TORGERSEN

MONDAY, NOV. 10

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Donaldson Brown Center Auditorium

A recent cluster of incidents on campus includes a racially offensive e-mail, expressions of homophobia in campus media, racial slurs against individuals, disregard for Jewish holy days, and offensive graffiti in university facilities. As President Paul Torgersen has stated, "I reject and resent these indefensible actions, and I am deeply concerned about the damage and hurt they inflict. Clearly, we must take action, and I want to listen to students and faculty members about their experiences and about directions for change."
Members of the community who share this concern are encouraged to attend this forum, which will be the first in an on-going series.
Those who can't attend but have a concern to share, are invited to write their questions or information on a separate page and leave it in one of the designated drop boxes in the President's Office, at Squires Main Information Desk, or in any of the college deans' offices. Cards will also be available at the door on November 10 to record questions and concerns. Time will also be provided at the forum for personal statements from the floor.
Those who may require accommodations to attend this event should contact the President's Office at 1-6231; (Virginia Relay Services for the Deaf: TTY: 1-800-828-1120; voice: 1-800-828-1140).