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Local students take cue from Missouri race protests
Brenau, University of North Georgia students keep eye on protests
Nicole Vernon, a member of the Black Student Association at Brenau University, writes what the group means to her in light of protests against racial discrimination on college campuses across the country in recent weeks.
When protesters at the University of Missouri forced the school’s president to resign last week after his perceived mishandling of racist incidents on campus, students at Brenau University and the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus took notice. “Being a student of color and going to a predominantly white school, we know about these issues that are happening elsewhere,” said Chelsey Brown, 22, president of the Black Student Association at Brenau and a middle grades education major. Local students said they got the “wake-up call” and are now ready to learn from these protesters about how to address racial inequities and discrimination on campus.