HIGHER EDUCATION: Giving students a voice against racism

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The Press-Enterprise — Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, is quoted in an article about giving students opportunities to voice their opposition to racism.

The article was published in the wake of protests at other college campuses that were sparked by racially charged incidents.

“We really need to encourage meaningful dialogue,” Levin said. “If we can talk about issues and do it in a respectful way, and you can be challenged, it actually makes for a pretty productive learning experience.”

It doesn’t mean things are fuzzy and warm, just that the playing field is level. “One cannot have a liberal education and not be offended by an idea,” he said.

Levin has been at the San Bernardino campus since 1999. He said he thinks it is relatively free of the kinds of problems other campuses have seen in recent weeks largely due to the longstanding diversity of its student body.

Also quoted was Yolanda Moses, a CSUSB graduate who is UC Riverside’s vice chancellor of diversity, excellence and equity. Moses said students need to be able to air such concerns and feel as though they are being listened to.

“Walking away from these students is not an option,” she said. “If you do, there’s only going to be more turmoil.”

The article was published Nov. 25, 2015.

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