Tom Jones ’96 MRP ’72, a prominent figure in the 1969 Willard Straight Takeover, returned to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday night to share lessons learned during the 50 years since the takeover and to reflect on the current state of race relations in America.
By KATY HABR
When I applied to college in America, I wasn’t looking to get an education in a vacuum. I wanted to experience and engage in a different environment and culture, and immerse myself in issues that affect not only Americans, but also many others around the world. Yet, as I engage with some activist communities and clubs across campus, I have noticed a distinct lack of international students on the front lines. I understand the reason behind this, as it stems from a fear that I share. Though American students are definitely still not safe from legal repercussions (especially when taking into consideration their gender and race), they are sheltered from the specific risks we face as international students participating in action.