Come join us

Now is the chance for the NIU community to be a part of the solution.

Tonight, the Star is hosting “Breaking Through Barriers: Improving Cultural Awareness.” The leaders of this discussion will be Ben Johnson and Mary Esther Bullard-Johnson, experts in managing diversity training, from Who’s What and Where, Inc.

The program, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Montgomery Hall Auditorium, will focus on discussions of race relations and, in particular, race relations with The Northern Star.

Racial conflict is not only an NIU or Northern Star problem. It is a problem of national and global proportions that touches each and every one of us. The only way to find solutions to the problem is through open discussion and a willingness to listen. The Star is willing to listen, and welcomes the opportunity to hear the valuable input of other members of this campus.

The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem. And, at NIU, we must admit racial problems definitely exist.

The pathway to solutions will be filled with harsh words, crushed beliefs, finger pointing and misconceptions. But the pathway must be traveled and tonight’s discussion opens the door to this pathway.

But tonight will only bring words that once spoken, disappear. It is our hope that these words develop into actions that remain forever.

The NIU community needs to take definite steps to combat the racial problems on campus. As long as we work together, we can come up with some solutions.

Tonight’s program is a step in the right direction.