AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - As part of National Take a Stand Against Racism Day , dozen of University of Massachusetts Amherst programs are sponsoring campus events focused on civil rights, the legal system and social justice.
Friday, April 26, is National Take a Stand Against Racism Day. UMass students packed a Wilder Hall room to hear from a panel about how to build strong and diverse communities; both on and off campus. In the last week, students from UMASS recruited classmates to attend the program.
A panel discussed, " Building Strong and Diverse Communities: Taking Action to Prevent and Reduce Acts of Racial Hatred." Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan was among the guests invited to talk about how their office deals with racism.
Students and faculty also talked about the Boston Bombings and the demonizing of Muslim people.
UMass sophomore Angela Hernandez told 22News, "We can talk about how we feel, and most definitely it addresses that fact that Islam is a faith and that it has nothing to do with the actions that these people took."
The program will end Friday night with a film screening.
The program opened with a Stand Against Racism Walk starting at Haigis Mall in front of the Fine Arts Center.