Salisbury University hosts equity, inclusion conversation with Wicomico Co. NAACP
SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University hosted a community conversation Monday night around equity and equality in the city. “We really got to know one another and that is the kind of thing that’s going to help us to build a more inclusive campus, university, and fulfil the promises of Salisbury University,” said Salisbury University President Dr. Charles Wight.
The university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion worked with the Wicomico County NAACP, and the university’s NAACP chapter to make the conversation happen. Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day, Police Chief Barbara Duncan, and Dr. Wight also took part. “As the demographics shift in Salisbury, that’s going to impact what’s happening on campus in all kinds of ways; in terms of our partnership. Who do we partner with? Where are there opportunities for additional partnerships?” said the university’s Chief Diversity Officer Joan Williams.
Williams says those kind of conversations help them to better serve their students, and the community at large. “We understand that our students don’t just live and learn and work here on campus. But, they’re living and working beyond the borders of the campus. So, we have to be great partners with those in the community,” said Williams.
Williams says over the summer, the university had enrichment programs to promote equity and inclusion. She adds that Salisbury University will continue to work with community partners and its students to do more events like this one.