Speaking out against racism

University of Idaho

This story ran one the front page of The Argonaut on September 28, 2010 issue

Laci Thompson


Anti-racist and social activist Tim Wise will come to the University of Idaho Oct. 13 to speak about racism in the Student Union Building ballroom.

According to, Wise has spoken to “over 600 college campuses and 49 states, as well as community groups across the nation.”

Wise has worked with many community groups, including military, entertainment groups, law enforcement and the Southern Poverty and the Louisiana Coalition. Wise works with these groups to “dismantle racism,” according to his site.

The ASUI Center for Volunteerism & Social Action is one of the groups sponsoring the event. Josh Dean, the coordinator, said Wise will speak on more than just racism issues, but will hopefully educate the audience on how to reduce racism.

“(Wise) came to WSU last spring to their ballroom — (it) was filled, students were excited to hear what he had to say,” Dean said.

Wise will speak to two or three classes while he is here, as well as attend a breakfast with the president’s diversity council, and a lunch with student leaders,  Dean said.

Other groups co-sponsoring the event are the CORE curriculum, Human Rights, Access and Inclusion, the Women’s Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Carmen Suarez, director of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion,  also helped bring Wise to UI.

“I am excited to be a part (of the event). I have had the great pleasure of hearing Tim Wise speak,” Suarez said.

Students should take away more than just a speech, according to Suarez, but experience a continuation of  “a dream.”

“(Hopefully students will be) energized to continue the progress of Martin Luther King’s dream, a vision of different backgrounds of race, ethnicity, cultures and religions coming together to be productive,” Suarez said.  “(I) hope students take away being energized to be part of the solution not the problem.”

Suarez also said she feels Wise is a “gifted leader, speaker and scholar in this area.”

Juan Mendez, a graphic design and art education major, said he feels having an antiracist/social activist speaker will be good for students and faculty.

“I will go listen because people need to recognize what our (minority) life is like,” Mendez said. “Other students should go and listen to the speech so they can know and, so they can also stand up for what they are.”


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Posted by on March 30, 2010 in Fall 2009 Projects