Bastian Lecture keynote speaker addresses unjust systemic issues

“Martin Luther King keep the dream alive,” echoed down 2100 South just about an hour before Dr. Robin DiAngelo took stage. 

After a march celebrating Martin Luther King Day and his work members of the Westminster community gathered in the Gore Auditorium for the keynote speaker Dr. Robin DiAngelo. 

The lecture’s topic: “New Racism: How Racism Adapted to the Challenges of the Civil Rights Movement." 

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Westminster community confronts diversity and inclusivity on campus

In reaction to an October article, The Forum asked students, faculty and staff about diversity and inclusivity on Westminster’s campus. The general consensus among those interviewed was that Westminster still has room for improvement in creating a safe environment. Here, Alex Cooper, a Westminster sophomore, voices his opinion on the matter. Photo by Blake Bekken

In reaction to an October article, The Forum asked students, faculty and staff about diversity and inclusivity on Westminster’s campus. The general consensus among those interviewed was that Westminster still has room for improvement in creating a safe environment. Here, Alex Cooper, a Westminster sophomore, voices his opinion on the matter. Photo by Blake Bekken

Inclusivity and diversity are hot-button issues at universities across the country, including Westminster—as evidenced by the response to a recent Forum article about the inclusion of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) on campus.

The previous article, which spoke about the college’s goal to showcase itself as an option for LDS students, garnered many responses from the Westminster community.

“Westminster College’s strength lies within the diversity of the school’s student body on a national level,” commented Susan Auchincloss, mother of student Sarah Auchincloss, on the Facebook post of the article. “The state of Utah does not need another homogenous academic institution looking to educate its own. It is important to consider national figures before considering ‘to be more inviting’ to one group or another.”

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Westminster's buddy system for traveling home during the holidays

Westminster's rideshare program started as a way to reduce air pollution, improve air quality, and make new friends. The board sits in Bassis Student Center and encourages students to carpool to any destination during the holidays. Photo by Chloie Dale

Westminster's rideshare program started as a way to reduce air pollution, improve air quality, and make new friends. The board sits in Bassis Student Center and encourages students to carpool to any destination during the holidays. Photo by Chloie Dale

In 2013, worldwide flights produced 777 million tons of carbon dioxide, according to the Air Transport Action Group. In the same year, three Westminster students decided to take action and reduce emissions from the college’s community.

In his sophomore year at Westminster, Kyle Wray, senior marketing major, said he wanted to help reduce air pollution and improve air quality. At the time, a rideshare program already existed, however, it was small and not many students knew about it or used it.

Wray—with the help of Margaret Wolf, senior environmental science major and alumnus Andrew Hagedorn—revamped Westminster’s rideshare program.

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