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A dialogue for women of color took place at Northeastern University in Boston (see below) on September 24, 2005. Initiated by the Women's Studies Program, the dialogue was designed to create a safe space for women of color (both on campus and in the wider community) to gather to share thoughts, feelings and ideas. In order to create that safe space, it was asked that only women of color attend the morning session, however a second component to the program was put in place for the afternoon, to which all people were invited to participate.

There was a good deal of controversy surrounding this event, as white students on campus organized (primarily through the Student Government Association) to force the morning session of the event to no longer be open solely to women of color.
In the planning of this event, there was a great deal of dialogue as to whether or not the morning session should be open to all. Faculty and students of all racial and cultural backgrounds agreed that the morning session should be for women of color only, in order to provide a safe space for women of color to openly share and build with one another. This was NOT the decision of any one individual, or even of a select racial or cultural group, nor was it designed to be discriminatory or exclusionary, which is why the afternoon session was opened to all who wished to attend.

Currently, the Director of the Women's Studies Program at Northeastern, is being harassed, blamed and threatened for her part in hosting this event and essentially, she is being told that it is not acceptable in the year 2005 for a colored girl to say that racism and white privilege are alive and well and affecting us all. Rather than being championed as the leader she in the fight to eliminate racism and to promote world unity, she is being harassed and threatened and her comments discredited by University administration.

My people, we cannot allow such tyranny to visit this champion of the cause of unity and harmony. More importantly, we cannot allow the powers that be to continuing endorsing and perpetuating racism and inequality in our world!!!

I am asking each of you to take ACTION on this issue. Please write to Northeastern University to support the actions of the Women's Studies Program. Please ask others to contact the University as well. I have included contact information below. If anyone has questions or concerns about any of this, please feel free to inbox.

Thank you in advance for your support. Together we can transform the world one peace at a time!

Important Northeastern Contacts:

President Richard Freeland
Office of the President
Northeastern University
110 Churchill Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.2101
Fax: 617.373.5015
Email: [email protected]

Ahmed Abdelal, Provost
Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs
Northeastern University
112 Hayden Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.2170
Fax: 617.373.8589
E-mail: [email protected]

Donnie Perkins, Dean and Director
Office of Affirmative Action and Diversity
Northeastern University
Room 424 Columbus Place
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.2133
E-mail: [email protected]

Dean James Stellar
College of Arts and Sciences
100 Meserve Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-3980
Email: [email protected]

Student Government Association
332 Curry Student Center
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 373-2651
E-mail: [email protected]

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