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October 5, 2018

Join the KSUnite conversations: 'The Hate U Give' and 'Removing microaggressions from our campus'

Submitted by Bryan Samuel

Did you know that this year's common read, "The Hate U Give," selected by the K-State Book Network deals with the issue of police brutality? In the United States, only a small fraction of the more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies actually track officer misconduct reports; the reason for this is unknown (Vittana.org). Did you know that people who are African-American/black are twice as likely to be killed by a police officer while being unarmed compared to a caucasian/white individual (The Guardian)? 

Tara Coleman, associate professor and chair of the K-State Book Network, will lead an open conversation about "The Hate U Give" at a KSUnite breakout session on Oct. 9. Learn more about this year's common read at 11 a.m. in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Student Union. 

K-Staters will come together at KSUnite on Oct. 9 to reaffirm our pledge to fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere in which all can share and learn from one another.

Did you know, however, that microaggressions occur every day? What are microaggressions? While microaggressions are generally discussed from the perspective of race and racism, any marginalized group in our society may become targets: people of color, women, LGBT persons, those with disabilities, religious minorities, and so on (Sue, 2010). 

Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, will present "Removing microaggressions from our campus. Everyday strategies for a healthy community" at 11 a.m. in the K-State Student Union's Bluemont Room. 

See a full schedule of KSUnite's events and breakout sessions on the KSUnite website and watch K-State Today this week for descriptions of other sessions.

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