by Kellie Flaherty, Daily Vidette Senior Staff
A discussion titled Real TALK: TRU (The Real You) will take place on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room 314 in the Student Services Building.
Ashley Taylor, Dean of Students specialist, said the purpose of the talk is for students to evaluate their identities and to learn how to be comfortable with who they are.
“It’ll be about students learning to be comfortable in their own skin when their demographic may not be the mainstream,” Taylor explained.
A variety of topics will be discussed including the lengths students go to fit in on campus and how to stay true to their real identities in college.
“The main idea we will be focusing on is how students can navigate the campus culture while staying true to themselves,” Taylor said.
Taylor is expecting to see a diverse group of students attend the discussion of all different ages and backgrounds.
“I personally invited a few students to help facilitate the discussion that have joined organizations on campus in a nontraditional manner,” Taylor said.
“For example, I have invited a 30-year-old female student who is very much involved on campus to attend and also a white male student who has joined a historically black fraternity,” Taylor added.
The goal is to get as many one-of-a-kind students to attend the discussion as possible, Taylor said.
“I’m hoping for maybe 30 to 40 people so we can really engage in a great discussion so that students can leave feeling comfortable with who they are,” Taylor explained.
Taylor and Janice Blair, Dean of Students senior specialist, will be leading the discussion.
Diversity Advocacy and Community Rights and Responsibilities will sponsor the discussion.
“We decided to partner with these departments because they have came across a lot of cases in which students are engaging in disorderly conduct because they’re trying to be cool,” Taylor said.
This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.