Multicultural students Ben Jones '17, Odera Ugwu '17, Caleb Swope '17 and Ben Borja '17 sat down with a diverse group of St. Xavier students during Flex to discuss their experiences as multicultural members of St. Xavier and the greater society at large. The panel students eloquently answered students' questions about their feelings on a variety of controversial topics including: the Presidential election, Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during the National Anthem, the Black Lives Matter movement and if they had personally experienced racism.
Caleb Swope's words hit home with the students as he shared his thoughts about racial slurs or hate speech. He recounted a time when his friends were joking around, but the jokes included inappropriate racial overtones, while he was standing right there in the group. He made the point to the audience members to remember that the small 'jokes' sometimes hurt more.
Our students learned a great deal during the discussion and the panel members exemplified what we know to be true - we have exceptional multicultural students who are already Men for Others.