According to the 2010 census, there are 42,034 people, 12,610 households, and 3,069 families residing in State College. From that number,83.2% of residents are white, 3.8% Black or African American and 3.9% of the population identify as Hispanic or Latino.
In a community where the majority of its residents are white, conversations on race, diversity and inclusion are vital to ensure a positive and welcoming racial climate.
Members of the State College community, Community and Campus in Unity (CCU) group as well as the State College Area School District (SCASD) have teamed up to do just this.
Let’s Talk About Race – For a Change will be a public forum in which community members and students are invited to share their thoughts on the racial climate of the State College area and discuss ways on how to improve it.
“I think it’s important to raise awareness and understand how race impacts our communities,” said David Hutchinson, one of the organizers of the event as well as a SCASD board member. “At the forum, everyone’s perspective is important. Our goal is to understand and see where people are coming from.”
The forum seeks to operate as a conversation. There will be sessions where all attendees of the event will come together and share experiences as well as small group portions, in which discussions will be able to take a more intimate approach.
The forum will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10am – 2pm at Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Free lunch will be provided for all guests and parking is also free.
While the event is free and open to the public, registration is required. Those interested in registering can do so here.
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