Featuring an inspiring keynote address by New Jersey Assemblywoman Sheila Y. Oliver and the reading of a proclamation from President Susan A. Cole, Affirmative Action Day 2008 was recently held at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State. Sponsored by the University’s President’s Commission on Affirmative Action (PCAA), the event brought together over 130 students, faculty, staff and guests to explore the theme, “The Future of Affirmative Action.”
Representing Montclair and Clifton’s own 34th District, Assemblywoman Oliver is a staunch supporter of Affirmative Action and spoke with personal conviction about its future. Noting that the issue of equal opportunity is one that has been debated since the Mayflower, she asserted that Affirmative Action is still relevant today. “Affirmative Action, if given the opportunity, can work, and it can work for everyone,” she said.
Other participants in the program were students, Kelly McGinnis and Stephanie Garcia who read selections of original poetry, and the Montclair State University Poetry Slam Team comprised of students Dorothy Scott and Javier Nieves, and Greek Life Advisor for Fraternities and Sororities, Hayden Greene. Representatives from 14 student organizations were also on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions.
“During difficult economic times, the programs that support Affirmative Action are often the first to lose necessary funding,” says Cindy Meneghin, program organizer and chair of the PCCA. “Affirmative Action is already under attack so it is good to hear the voices of our students and government representatives in support of Affirmative Action and equal opportunity.”
Read more about the PCAA here.
See more photos from Affirmative Action Day 2008 here.