By Currier Times Staff///
Students across campus who attended the mandatory diversity meeting on Friday, February 25th, had a mixed reaction to the event.
Many students said they appreciated the information and support.
“It taught me how I can be a better ally to friends and peers that may have been affected from recent events around campus,” said Ava Andreoli, a freshman Communication major.
Senior, John Scott, agreed. “It definitely brought people together. I’ve never seen so many people on a zoom call express their concerns about the ongoing threats that plague our communities.”
Kate Holmes felt listening to the entire community was helpful. “I think it was good to hear from, like the students and stuff,” said Holmes.
Arianna Frates added, “I enjoyed hearing from other students and seeing what the community can do to fix it.”
More than 1,600 students, faculty and staff logged on for the historic gathering, according to Jeannette Buntin, director of Diversity and Inclusion.
Students were given a chance to talk about their experiences in breakout sessions near the end of the event. But some students did not find that part of the discussion as well organized.
“I didn’t think it was the most productive, people weren’t really participating in the breakout rooms,” said Thomas Crisafulli, a freshman Communication major. “It’s also difficult trying to do this whole healing process when the person doing all of this hasn’t even been caught yet. We also have all of these police officers here, and nothing’s been done; I feel like it defeated the purpose of having the meeting.”
Sebastian Aparo, a junior, said he liked hearing different sides, but parts of the event were too long.
“It was a nice collaboration,” said Aparo. “It was inspiring to see people come together. It was a nice way for everyone to voice their complaints. The only thing was that it was really long but I also liked the break out room.”
Among the moments that was distinctive, many students talked about the information from Rabbi Alfred Benjamin, from Milton’s Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.
“The Rabbi’s speech at the beginning of the meeting stood out to me the most,” said Kayla Weddleton, a freshman Nursing major. “I think hearing a story like that makes you put things into perspective. Hearing stories make you realize how truly real it is, because in a way history sometimes can feel surreal because of how horrible it is.”
Students are now looking at how the college can move forward, even as the investigation into who perpetrated the crimes continue.
“I definitely think that the college should increase security,” said Matthew Fierro, class of 2025. “Especially since these actions were also happening during the first semester and not much has been done.”
“I thought it was a step in the right direction,” said Megan Callahan, a senior Criminal Justice major. “I enjoyed listening to the speakers, especially the rabbi. I believe that the school should definitely host more events like this.”
Jasias Roman, a senior Information Technology major added, “I thought it was very necessary from the school to hold a meeting like that, even though it feels like they need to do more.”
Currier Times reporters Allison Silver; Chelsea Chamberlain; Nicholas Calvino; Michael Cotton and Emma Keyes contributed to this story.