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Campus Community gathers after racial statements

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The SUNY New Paltz Community gathered Saturday to participate in a gender, race, and sexuality workshop. The event comes after racial statements were found on the campus. Our Michael Howard has the story.


NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- SUNY New Paltz students as well as administrators gathered inside the school’s student center Saturday, all with one goal.

“Were here to bring the community together to have discussions that aren’t had on college campuses," said Student Association President Manuel Tejada.

The workshop called “Let’s Talk About It,” was organized in part by the student association and is aimed at getting the campus community, to interact on issues like race, gender and sexuality. This comes after 2 racial statements were found on the campus, in the last 2 months.

“What took place recently it’s important for me to be here to contribute to the dialog and support the students,” said Professor Karanja Carroll.

The two racial slurs were written on a whiteboard in two residence halls.

The incidents sparked outrage and spurred an on campus protest Tuesday, where some students called on the administration to do more.

“This is a wonderful campus,” said Senior Corah Walker, “to have these instances occur, it’s kind of a shock.”

The workshop was funded through a grant from the college and was planned before the statements were found, but most say it couldn’t have come, at a better time.

“Were looking hopefully to tie in what’s been happening on this campus to this program and it’s what the workshop is going to be touching upon,” said Tejada.

Students as well as faculty say they hope to continue the conversation in the future. The 2 incidents are still under investigation.

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