2017 Diversity Symposium

As part of the 2017 Diversity Symposium, former Mayor John Street and current Mayor Jim Kenney talk about issues surrounding diversity in local government and then open up the floor to questions from students. They discuss the best way to organize a governmental body that is diverse and represents all the people of the city, about the importance of surrounding yourself with different perspectives as a politician, and how to diversify the police force and improve community-police relations.

In the above video, ACCORD (Academic Center on Research in Diversity) presents a panel on social activism. Moderated by Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, an associate professor in the Department of Theater, two activists––Malcolm Kenyatta and Carmen Guerrero––discuss why social activism has been an important part of their lives and why more should consider joining the fight.

Malcolm Kenyatta is a Philadelphia activist, third generation North Philadelphia resident, and Temple alum. He is involved in many local non-profit and political organizations. Additionally, he was a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Carmen Guerrero, a Mexican immigrant, runs Mujeres Luchadoras (Women Working, Women Struggling), a Norristown-based organization providing support to immigrant women who are victims of violence. She organizes many events that bring attention to both immigrants and issues facing Mexico.

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