Affirmative action is an extraordinarily sensitive and difficult topic to discuss. While often times uncomfortable and tense, the remarks made by the panelists ultimately sparked a passionate and thoughtful discussion that truly got at the heart of the issue. Personal reflections from both students and faculty contributed to a lively discussion that, while charged, challenged our perceptions of race and diversity on this campus and the viability of affirmative action in achieving these goals. Many left the room feeling as though the discussion was just getting started, and while it is unfortunate that we all had to leave, we can only hope that these conversations continue now.
Several of our writers attended the event, their thoughts after the jump: