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Transylvania Sponsors Panel on Hate Crimes

Stop the Hate logoIn honor of the 15th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, Transylvania's Diversity Action Council will lead a panel discussion about hate crimes Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. The discussion will focus on legal matters related to hate crime legislation, Title IX, and trends in hate crimes.

"As we look back on 15 years since Matthew Shepard's death, we see that hate crimes have spread across the nation," said Spencer Peach '16, president of the Diversity Action Council. "But we are more aware of the damage they cause and the ways we can fight back. With this panel, we hope to bring the question 'Where do we go from here?' to a larger audience to ponder."

Panelists include Transylvania professors Don Dugi and Brian Rich; Ashley Gutshall, Transylvania's assistant director of residence life and coordinator for interpersonal violence prevention; and Raymond Sexton, the executive director of the Lexington/Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

The public is invited to join the discussion in the Faculty/Staff Lounge of Transylvania's Mitchell Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Peach at sxpeach16@transy.edu.

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