Erin Gaddis Speaks on Diversity at Hardin-Simmons Chapel


Erin Gaddis, President of the NAACP Texas Youth and College Division, completed the Hardin-Simmons University chapel series “Diversity: Seeing Color in a Color Blind World” on February 9th.  

Gaddis explained why college students should care about seeing color and also gave practical application for how college students can make changes. Gaddis reasoned that color blind racism is very real because “it is not okay to say that I don’t see someone just as they are.”

She went on to say that color blind racism “dismisses every conversation that can or should happen about race issues.”

Gaddis, a senior at Baylor University, encouraged all students to embrace diversity and talked about several personal changes students can make to effect change on campus:

  • Be intentional 
  • Get involved
  • Embrace differences
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Be an ally
  • Be inclusive               



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