Task force shares stories via video
The Student Task Force Against Bias, Discrimination and Bullying has detailed a plan for a positive campus climate through digital storytelling and an open forum, Victor Collins, co-chairman of the Student Task Force and Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity, said.
Collins will explain what digital storytelling is and how to complete a digital story at the task’s force first meeting Sept. 12 from 2-3p.m.. There are three components a digital story must have: images, narration of some kind and music. The stories will be no more than 10 minutes and is meant to show the unique identity of the person creating it.
“You have a lot of creative freedom,” he said.
The Center for Student Diversity wants to choose at least three of the stories that capture the spirit of what they are trying to achieve and display them, Collins said. There is still discussion of how exactly they will be opened to campus.
Co-chair for the Student Task Force Sam Hubbard said that the task force will also try to hold more events that aren’t just discussions or forums.
“Talking about the same thing too much gets redundant and unproductive,” she said. “If we have a problem, come up with a plan. How do we solve it in a way that is actually practical?”
Hubbard said one of her goals is to get more students involved this semester. She has already started reaching out using her position as SGA Director.
“I don’t want just [involved] students, I want students committed to diversity,” Hubbard said.
The Student Task Force was created following last semester’s controversy with diversity groups on campus. The Presidential Task Force Against Bias, Discrimination and Bullying assigned three primary goals to the Student Task Force. The goals include: to provide a forum for discussion, receive reports of discrimination and send them through the appropriate channels, and to encourage students to support diversity.
The meetings are every two weeks and will alternate between open discussion and workshops for everyone’s digital story, according to Collins.
“We don’t want to just talk about the problem, generate a report and it goes on someone’s desk,” Collins said. “Our message to our students is that we don’t have to be defined by those that are sowing the seeds of disharmony. I hope it will be the beginning of a sustained dialogue.”