Wednesday, March 8, 2017 marked the official opening of Hofstra’s Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice with an inaugural address by Gloria Browne-Marshall. She gave an amazing talk on defining the concepts of progress and diversity in 2017 and emphasized the importance of young people in the process of moving our society forward. The inaugural address also included a handful of student speakers from the Center’s Student Advisory Board, and the Center’s Director Dr. Jonathan Lightfoot.
The Center for “Race, Culture, and Social Justice” is a timely institutional addition to the Hofstra community. For the past several years, conversations about the need for greater diversity and inclusion on campus, as well as the state of racism in America, have come more and more to the forefront. Our society continues to struggle with a legacy and current reality of inequality. However, the speakers at the inaugural address openly chose not to discuss the current events about social injustice that are in the news these days. Instead, they focused on the future and our potential for progress. The work involved in making enormous changes has never been easy. Progress can only happen when people are not shy about how they want to see their world change for the better. We must open our minds and persevere.
The Center plans on expanding its programming and opportunities to get involved as it continues to grow. To learn more, visit their website at https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/race-culture-social-justice/index.html