The head of Champlain College’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Amé Lambert, was recently on a hiatus to finish her PhD dissertation. This caused a temporary halt in some of the work of the Office including many activities that are centered around racial justice.
In early October, a very serious racial incident occurred at Spinner Place, Champlain’s off-campus apartment building: a student spray-painted “white power” on an announcement board outside of the elevator. Fortunately, Champlain College takes racial discrimination and harassment very seriously. Even with the Office of D&I working at a decreased capacity, the response to this racially charged aggression was meaningful: the President issued a statement, there was a building-wide meeting to discuss the issue, and a new seminar called the Racial Justice Intensive was created.
Also at the college, is the new Race Bender-Gender Bender workshop offered every other Friday starting at just $15 for students and $20 for adults and non-students over 18. Race Bender-Gender Bender is a preparatory workshop to address race and gender in the workplace. I definitely plan to attend soon one.
Champlain College Legal Studies Student