USC hosts student forum on effects of 9/11
By Elizabeth Brink, BRINKEM@mailbox.sc.edu, Community Service Programs
The events of 9/11 have had many impacts on our nation, but when you first found out about the attacks of Sept. 11, how did those attacks personally affect you? Were you concerned, confused, angry? Or were you too shocked to even think about it?
Today, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. EMPOWER, a program in the University of South Carolina’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and USC’s Community Service Programs will host the student forum, “Navigating the Future in Light of Our Past: Attitudes Post-9/11” as part of the university’s 9/11 Week of Service.
Participating students at the event will meet in both small and large groups to discuss the impact of the 9/11 attacks on their individual lives, on the lives of others and on the nation as a whole. Discussions will highlight the long-term changes brought about by the events and will generate discussion about how the day should be remembered and what steps can be taken going forward.
“Students will share individual stories about what happened that day, and through discussion with other students will see how interconnected their stories actually are,” said Lizzie Dement, a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “The goal is that students leave the forum with new perspectives on the impact of the 9/11 tragedy.”
Sept. 11 was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance by President Barack Obama in 2009. This year’s 9/11 Week of Service at USC remembers those the nation lost by encouraging the same humanitarianism and service displayed by citizens during and after the 9/11 attacks.
Thursday’s dialogue will be held in the Carolina Room at Capstone Hall.
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