By Vin Gallo
Deputy Sports Editor
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Springfield College will welcome Dr. Kim A. Case, a professor of psychology at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, to campus to speak at an open forum that will address social inequality. The lecture being presented, “How to Be an Ally: Taking Responsibility For Addressing Inequality,” will speak about the actions students should take when a peer is victimized by social inequality. The event will take place in the Dodge Conference Room in the Flynn Campus Union from 7-9 p.m. Case will speak for approximately 50 minutes, while the remainder of the session will be reserved for an open conversation. Case will express a deeper definition of the term, “ally,” one who helps reduce the effects of inequality on society, even though such person may not experience inequality themselves.
Professor of Sociology Laurel Davis-Delano hopes that the lecture will point the campus community towards action to resolve social injustices.
“A lot of people on our campus are concerned about inequality,” she said. “Not everyone, some don’t even think it exists. There are [also] a lot of people who are concerned about it, but don’t know what steps they could take to work towards the reduction of inequality.”
Davis-Delano believes that one must step beyond their internal dialogue when speaking against any injustice. She said that one must go further than being compassionate, and cease staying silent against inequalities that bother them.
“There are concrete steps [to take towards equality],” said Davis-Delano. “To just have those thoughts in your own head doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of reducing an inequality.”
Case is anticipated to discuss what initiatives such concrete steps require to take the conversation and actions against inequality and contribute them to society. The forum is also primed to break down the various types of inequalities.
“I hope [the audience] gets a better sense of what an ally is and begin to think about how they can become a better ally,” said Davis-Delano. “If they are not at a stage where they have taken steps or have just begun to take steps, they can get a sense of where to go from the lecture.”