Julian Bond Helps Dedicate Auburn Diversity Center
An overflow crowd greeted Julian Bond last month at Auburn University in Alabama. Bond,a prominent civil rights activist and chairman of the NAACP, was the featured speaker during the dedication of the university’s new Center for Diversity and Race Relations. Auburn found itself in the national spotlight in the fall of 2001 after photos of students dressed in blackface at fraternity Halloween parties surfaced on the Internet. The new center is one of several efforts under way at the university to integrate diversity into the campus culture. Other initiatives include the establishment of a Diversity Leadership Council and the appointment of a new interim assistant provost for diversity and multicultural affairs (see Black Issues, Dec. 19, 2002).
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