Week emphasizes theme of accountability for campus issues

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first_imgStudent government and the Gender Relations Center (GRC) are partnering to host the “Cost of Silence” week. Formerly known as “Race Relations Week,” sophomore Kaleem Minor, student government director of diversity and inclusion, said the new title was meant to encompass more issues on campus.“We feel like something bigger on this campus is what it means to be silent for your friend, what it means to not be an ally,” Minor said. “What’s the cost [of] that? And not just allyship, but being accountable, being involved with the issue. Because this issue is not something that one person, one group, one organization can fix. It’s something that everybody has to chip in and help [solve].”The week includes events such as apparel handouts, T-shirt distributions, a screening of the film “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change,” a pledge signing and a speaker series.“We’re trying to encourage people to know their role, understand their role and figure out their role,” Minor said. “While our University’s great, there’s a lot of things that aren’t great for … students that aren’t a majority in any sense — whether it be race, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status and gender identity.”Minor said his department — diversity and inclusion — put a lot of thought into the week’s events to make sure they were as successful as possible. He said they focused on events that would engage students and incite discussion, not just through the panels, but from events as simple as T-shirt distributions. The T-shirts advertise statistics on women’s rights, race and sexual identity, among others.The event Minor said he is most excited about is the speaker series.“The goal of this event and the reason I’m so excited about it is because you have these people who are experts in this field and understand what’s going on, talking to students and challenging students to get involved,” he said.The goal of the week, Minor said, is to get students thinking about how to act on the issues they care about the most.“A lot of students, from what I’ve heard, they want to change campus but they don’t know how,” he said. “We just talk about what they care about and why they care about it and encourage them to get involved … in any way because everybody has a role. “The general arching theme is accountability. How can you get involved? How can you change campus?”Minor said he remembers last year, his freshman year, when campus was especially hostile during election season.“I think now there’s an aura of being cordial, but not necessarily talking or having conversations,” he said. “I think there’s a deep and thorough need for that under the right circumstances, which is something we all have to come together and decide how to do.”In terms of racial relations and inclusion on campus, Minor said, there is definitely room for improvement. He said this week empowers students to bring up the issues they most care about. He said in conjunction with the GRC, student government hosts this week to serve as a platform for students to voice their opinions on how to make this University a more welcoming place for all, without exceptions.“We have some really powerful events [this week] that can really provoke some thought and discussion,” he said. “If we can get 20-25 people … to say, ‘Wow, I have an issue that I really care about and I want to get involved in fixing this’ … that’s a win to me.”Tags: Accountability, Cost of Silence, Diversity, Diversity and Inclusion, inclusion, Race relationslast_img read more


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first_imgThe Port of Blyth and Newcastle College have entered into skills partnership which will open up career opportunities for young people in the region.In a skills first approach, Newcastle College and Port Training Services (PTS) are joining forces to develop and deliver training programmes with direct pathways into the offshore energy sector.The partnership combines the technical expertise of the Energy Academy, a centre of innovation and training for the sector, with the industry insight and working environment of Port Training Services, to develop offshore, marine, subsea and port related training, Port of Blyth explained.Marc McPake, director of Business Partnerships said: “The North East region is a UK hub for the energy sector, with many key employers based here. The industry has grown more than 60% since 2010 and it is no surprise that it is seen as a priority growth area for both the North East and the UK as a whole.“With another 27,000 jobs set to be created by 2030, it’s important there are enough skilled people being trained to fill those roles and a partnership between Newcastle College and Port Training Services will ensure that young people living in the region can benefit from those opportunities.”The students will be based at the PTS complex in Blyth, benefiting from both PTS’ teaching accommodation and the real-working facilities of the Port of Blyth, including a fully functional wind turbine nacelle and a fully erected wind turbine training asset, to be completed in the summer of 2019.With the first intake of students expected in September, two initial programmes are being created. These will include a two-year Level 3 engineering qualification, with focus on offshore energy and subsea engineering, as well as the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) apprenticeship, which can be tailored to suit the needs of employers.On completion, the courses will offer routes directly into employment or into higher education within Newcastle College University Centre.The partnership aligns itself to the strategic priorities of both the North East LEP, particularly its current focus on the growth of the energy sector and the education & training to provide the skills required by the industry, and the North of Tyne devolution arrangement.Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “This partnership offers excellent outcomes for both offshore energy related businesses based in the region and young people keen to get into an industry with excellent prospects.“Through the unique opportunity this partnership will provide, students will not only benefit from high quality training but will also gain access to both real world facilities and employers actively searching for the talented workforce of the future.“For some time, PTS has been at the forefront of tackling the skills challenge in the port and marine sector and through this partnership with Newcastle College, we’re delighted that the team at PTS will be able to utilize their skills and experience directly in an offshore energy training environment.”last_img read more