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truth talk at Columbia College Chicago is the result of students’ concerns and desires for a campus-wide space for students to discuss, debate, and process any number of issues that surround them and affect their positions in our educational community, in Chicago, and in America. In particular, and as the initial focus for this program, we are focusing on national and local issues regarding the deaths of black persons as a result of police violence. During truth talk meetings, students, faculty, and staff gather for education, discussion, and planning action around issues of police violence and our justice system as it intersects with issues of race, class, and gender.

The monthly afternoon discussions will be driven by student participants, but also enriched through the presence of faculty who will provide a critical framework to the issues, and staff who will also provide support and resources that extend beyond our scheduled program meeting time. It is a democratic space where the roles of  “critic” and “resource” overlap within student, staff, and faculty categories — however, these initial paradigms help frame the structure of this discussion series. This forum will highlight and take advantage of the unique, critical, supportive community that we know as Columbia College Chicago as we work, together, towards making sense of the urgent issues effecting students’ lives.