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Graduate Student Senate to host discussion on underrepresented students

The Academic Affairs Commission of Graduate Student Senate will host a panel discussion on the trials and tribulations underrepresented students face in higher education at 6 p.m. tonight in Walter Hall Room 235.

The event titled "Addressing the Concerns of the Underrepresented Student" will discuss three major topics; the marginalization and isolation felt by some minority students in the classroom, the racial climate at OHIO and the academic outcomes of minority students. The discussion will include a question and answer period.

The panelists include:

  • Brian Bridges, vice provost for diversity, access and equity

  • Jennifer Chung, visiting professor in Educational Studies
  • Jesse Raney, director of disability services

  • Melanie Hayden, interim director of undergraduate admissions

  • Tyrone Carr, special assistant to vice provost for diversity, access and equity

"The purpose of this event it to inform students of support resources that they can use on campus as well as to empower students to take ownership of their own academic experience," said Stephanie Sanders, African American Affairs Commission member and moderator of the discussion.

In preparation for the event, the African American Affairs Commission held think tanks with different underrepresented student organizations and analyzed the data collected to determine the focus of the discussion. 

The African American Affairs Commission will take the findings of the panel discussion and present them to the dean of students.

The goal of the African American Affairs Commission is to raise awareness of African American culture and to represent African American students. The commission also addresses the concerns of Hispanic and Latino students on campus.