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Moravian to host Discussion on Racism on College Campuses

Bethlehem, Pa., September 16, 2009—Moravian College will host a workshop led by Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton, author of In Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race on Friday, October 2, at noon in the Bahnson Center. Willie-LeBreton is associate professor of sociology and the chair of the Department of Sociology and of the Black Studies Program at Swarthmore College.

The program is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Africana Consortium and the LVAIC Coalition of Racial and Ethnic Directors. The public is welcome and the admission is free, but registration is required. Register for the event by emailing your name and contact information to gguth@moravian.edu or call 610 625-7847. The Bahnson Center is located on the Moravian College campus at 60 West Locust Street in Bethlehem, Pa.

Willie-LeBreton will discuss her research on black student achievement at pre-dominantly white campuses in an era where many argue that racial discrimination has largely been defeated.  She argues that until American colleges and universities become truly multicultural, the ivory tower will continue to be a difficult and at times alienating experience for African-Americans and other minority groups.  She states that “racism and discrimination continue to exist, though often in more subtle ways than a generation ago.”  This workshop will enable participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue and discuss solutions as well as raise thought-provoking questions.

The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, Inc. (LVAIC) is a non-profit, charitable organization whose members include Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College.