Loyola Marymount University will host a two-part discussion on race relations with students and members of the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Westchester campus.
LMU’s Day of Dialogue comes as race and immigration remain central themes in the presidential race, and police shootings involving black men have triggered community unrest around the country.
From 4 to 6 p.m., LMU will host the National Dialogue on Race, a campus event modeled after a gathering started in 2013 at Tufts University in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The discussion on race, immigration, equality and justice will be led by members of LMU’s Intercultural Facilitator Program, which is housed within LMU’s Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department.
Afterward, from 7 to 9 p.m., roughly 20 members of the Los Angeles Police Department will join a conversation with LMU students, faculty and staff about the impacts of race and racism on policing. The event – To Serve and Protect – aims to address stereotypes, dispel myths and increase understanding as well as positive interactions between police officers and community members.
The two-part program is sponsored by LMU’s Ethnic and Intercultural Services Department, Department of Public Safety, and Student Leadership and Development, including the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, Ignatian Leadership Institute and the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University.
WHAT: Day of Dialogue
WHERE: Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
WHEN: National Dialogue on Race, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Roberts Auditorium; To Serve and Protect, 7 to 9 p.m., Malone 112.