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SFA hosting special series to spark respectful discussion on difficult topics

SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs wants frank discussion on tough issues. (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs wants frank discussion on tough issues. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Students say  they were ‘stressed’ during the summer break when they didn’t have a place to discuss violent news events. (Source: KTRE Staff) Students say they were ‘stressed’ during the summer break when they didn’t have a place to discuss violent news events. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Brave Space Series will promote discussion on racial bias, police brutality, and LGBT issues. Community members are encouraged to attend. Brave Space Series will promote discussion on racial bias, police brutality, and LGBT issues. Community members are encouraged to attend.
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Racial bias, police relations, and LGBT issues will be discussed by Stephen F. Austin State University students and members of the Nacogdoches community.

It's happening at a new series titled Brave Space. Brave Space promotes open and frank discussion about difficult topics with no intent of changing people's opinions

At SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs students freely discuss what's on their mind. 

"Being able to talk to others and get a new perspective, I think, with that you grow,” said Veronica Weaver, the director of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The opportunity for students was missing during the summer break when violence was the nightly headlines.  

"Students expressed how many of them were very stressed over the situations with the police brutality, as well as what occurred in Orlando, shooting, a lot of the shootings that have occurred all summer,” said Dr. Griselda Flores, the assistant director of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

So the Brave Space Series was planned. The first discussion is titled Your Racial Perspective.  

"Not giving too much away, the questions will be based off of a film we will show,” said Nytessia Ross, a student supervisor. “The film is intended to give a way to look at things in a different way."

However, the intent is not to change minds. More so, it's a place and way to promote open conversations about tough issues. The result may be tolerance instead of judgment or even worse, violence

"There's a lot of emotions, and we don't want them to have them all bottled in. A lot of our students don't seek counseling which is why this is also needed for them to feel comfortable and welcomed to just to be able to express the way they feel,” Flores said.

"Culture is really a great thing and just bring everybody together and getting to know one another. It works,” said Francis Jackson, a senior at SFA.

The public is encouraged to participate in the Brave Space series. The first Brave Space series presentation on racial bias is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Multimedia Room on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The second will deal with LGBT issues and will take place at the same time on Oct. 26. Click here for more information.

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