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EMU President To Address Racial Incidents With Series Of 'Listening Sessions'

Nov 23, 2016

Eastern Michigan University President James Smith
Credit Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Between several instances of racist graffiti on campus and student and community protests, it's been a tumultuous start for the new president of Eastern Michigan University.  James Smith plans to connect with the community moving forward.


Saying he wants to hear what's on the minds of members of the Eastern community, University President James Smith is planning six so-called "listening sessions" beginning December 1st through early next February.

Each session is designed so President Smith can hear directly from various stakeholders about their concerns and hopes for Eastern.

The EMU president will hold one listening session at each of the five colleges, and a sixth listening session will be held for other employees who are not part of a college.

While conversation about recent campus incidents is open for discussion, the sessions had been in the works for awhile and are intended to focus on a variety of short and long term issues at Eastern.

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