Events Aim to Spark Discussion About Virginia Tech Shootings

Events Aim to Spark Discussion About Virginia Tech Shootings
Students sign a condolence poster after a vigil April 18 in the Rose Garden for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Brandy O'Neil, a senior communications major, during candlelight vigil.
University Police Officer Frank Hernandez speaks with Telemundo reporters about campus safety on April 16.

Two campus forums will take place Thursday, April 26 to address several issues brought forth by the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.

Hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil April 18 at Cal Poly Pomona to mourn the lives lost. The discussions this week will further explore issues raised by the shootings.

A community dialogue will be held from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. at University Plaza (Bldg. 26). Representatives from variety of departments and offices on campus will be there to address concerns or questions from participants. Likely topics include campus safety, mental health, and avoiding possible stereotyping and racial/ethnic backlash.

From 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center will host a discussion titled “Virginia Tech, the Media & Ethnicity: An Asian American Community Forum.” The discussion will specifically address the media's attention to the race of the Virginia Tech killer, Seung-Hui Cho, and how that may affect students, staff and faculty who are of Asian descent.

Campus partners for these events include, Dean of Students Office, Counseling & Psychological Services, Emergency Operations Committee, Judicial Affairs, University Housing Services, Ethnic & Women's Studies, Foundation Housing Service, Stop-Violence Office, Student Support & Equity Programs, Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers and the University Police Department.

For more information, contact Sunny Lee, interim director of the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers at (909) 869-2841 or