PRCC to host Open Forum Monday
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) will hold an Open Forum Monday titled “Building a Stronger Community,” in hopes of providing dialogue and action steps to improve the relationship between students and the PRCC.
Last week, the center closed its doors to students for a day, citing lack of student support, and reopened its doors after a conversation with students.
“The decision to reopen the PRCC was made because as a result of us being closed for one day, students of color began to have conversations with each other about how to better support the PRCC and each other in meaningful ways,” said Carlos Wiley last week in a statement to The Underground.
“Throughout the day, the staff of the PRCC met and talked with students and realized that issue was not the lack of support for the PRCC, but a lack of support for each other, which caused a splitting of the community of color at Penn State.”
The closure of the center, even for a day, prompted a mix of responses from students, with many understanding the sentiment behind the closure.
“I think they’re tired and disappointed from the lack of support they’ve received lately and I would be too if I were in their position,” said Shanille Allo, a senior biology major.
The Open Forum will take place on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.
“…We are hoping that next Monday at the open forum we will be able to come up with a workable solution moving forward,” Wiley said.