CHARLESTON (JG-TC) —Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Omicron Delta and Eastern Illinois University Youth & College Division of NAACP are hosting a panel discussion today called “Are We EIU?”
The panel is set to convene at 7 p.m. today at Eastern’s Coleman Hall Auditorium.
According to Andrea Yarbrough, an organizer of the event, the panel is a call to action due to alleged racial tension in the community and around Eastern’s campus.
“Black students at EIU are constantly being harassed in this community, yet no one is speaking about it,” Yarbrough said. “While many of these students may only be at EIU four to five years, it is not fair that they spend money in this community, live in this community and contribute to the overall betterment of the community through many service projects, but are treated as second class citizens.
“It has to stop somewhere. As a community we are asking ‘Are We EIU?’ And where does the discrimination end, as well as what steps can we take toward a solution.”
The event is open to the public.