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Weekly News Briefing: Tuition forums, MLK week and Unsung Heroes

Rally members chant and hold their signs as they march through Sugar House for the MLK March and Rally. Members were escorted through the streets and passing cars honked and cheered as they marched through the streets.  (Shaylie Johnson)

The Weekly Briefing gives a small look into the stories The Forum has covered in the past week. This week, we covered the ASW-hosted tuition forums, the weeklong 2020 MLK Commemorative Series and four community members being honored for promoting diversity in their work.

Community marches to keep 1963 dream alive

Westminster College community members rallied Monday morning to march through Sugar House for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The march went through the surrounding neighborhood and city, with students chanting and reflecting on their reason for marching.

”Especially here, since there is such a small community of people of color,” said Jade Escobar, a nursing major. “[It’s] really important to go and show up and support.”

ASW hosts three tuition forums

President Beth Dobkin attended three separate forums on the tuition increase hosted by ASW. Dobkin presented general information on the increase, then opened the floor for student questions.

Several questions focused around transparency and how the school can avoid changes like these to happen again.

One point Dobkin emphasized is that there will be no “extra” money coming in — the increase is planned to a be one-time budget balancer, with administration hoping to not do it again.

The Forum was at all three tuition forums, giving live updates throughout the Q&A.

DEI screens ‘After Selma’

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a screening of the documentary “After Selma”: a film highlighting the evolution of voting rights in the U.S.

The screening was part of the MLK Commemorative Series, hosted all week long on campus. The film was screened two times Thursday, with the director of the documentary present at the second showing.

“It was a favorable fit to have the screening and have the filmmaker here to talk about the film,” said Dr. Tam Stevenson, interim director of DEI. “If students missed the screening, they can watch it on Amazon Prime for free.”

Westminster honors community at MLK Luncheon

To wrap up the weeklong series, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a luncheon honoring community members who promote diversity and inclusion in Salt Lake City.

The Unsung Heroes who were awarded this year were Westminster senior Alvaro Cortez, Ballet West’s Adam Sklute, Westminster student account services director Shari Duckworth and Westminster education professor Marilee Coles-Richie.

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