By Mark Eyerly
At the Feb. 10 open virtual meeting of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Grayson Thompson, assistant director and coordinator of gender and sexualilty programs in the Office of Intercultural Development, called on 30 attendees from across our campus community to become accomplices to marginalized people who struggle for equality in society.
“For many, being an ally doesn’t mean a significant risk. That’s the next step,” Grayson said. “When I advocate for people, I take risks.” That means being an accomplice willing to confront friends, family, and others who disparage people based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other attributes.
Citing the work of Bowling Green Professor Dafina-Lazarus Stewart, he added: “I don’t believe in diversity and inclusion; I believe in equity and justice.”
The next public meeting of the DEI Council will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24; the topic is religious tolerance.