Refugee crisis lecture

Dissecting the refugee crisis

About five million people have fled Syria since civil war broke out between the Syrian government and its citizens in 2011. These Syrians fled to neighboring countries on foot, like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, looking for asylum. They are sometimes refused at the gate or placed in “refugee camps” where they face tough living conditions and are not allowed to leave until they are resettled.

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Jesse Bernal speaks to the crowd gathered inside of the Grand River Room in Kirkhof during the sexual assault townhall on Tuesday, April 5, 2017.

Public concern

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of the event schedule, Grand Valley State University student senate and the Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 4, to discuss upcoming events and update the community on recent strides made by the university and student organizations.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Dr. Simran Jeet Singh speaks to the crowd gathered at Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Challenging racial bias, violence

Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American and proud gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. There were 2,977 innocents killed that day, but it was only the beginning of a larger massacre on American soil that took place over the course of many years.

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GVL/Archive - Vice President for Inclusion and Equity Jesse Bernal reviews the results of the Campus Climate Survey Tuesday, March 22, 2016 inside of Grand Valley's Kirkhof Center.

Ready for action

Recommendations for improving the campus climate were discussed in an open forum in the Kirkhof Center Thursday, March 30, in response to the expanded findings of Grand Valley State University’s 2015 Campus Climate Survey.

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Checks and balances

People can quickly get into a heated argument when they’re talking about politics, especially when the person they’re talking to has opposing views as them. Although on a national platform, the presidential election is over, there are still debates and politicking happening on Grand Valley State University’s campus.

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