Members of the Rhode Island College community are coming together to discuss the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police officers, and the five officers who died in Dallas last week.
The school’s Unity Center will host the conversation on Tuesday and Wednesday. Center Director Antoinette Gomes said the center is a safe space for students, faculty, administrators, and staff to support one another.
“What we’re trying to do here is create a space where regardless of what your opinion is or what your perspective is, you feel comfortable enough to speak or listen.”
Gomes said the center also offered a safe space last month after the PULSE nightclub shooting. Newly appointed college President Frank Sánchez says he plans to take part in the conversation on Wednesday.
The University of Rhode Island held a vigil on Wednesday, outside the multicultural student center. URI President David Dooley, Vice President for Equity and Diversity Naomi Thompson and University Police Major Frank Forleo were among those scheduled to attend.