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Contact: Donna L. Brock
ATLANTA (Sept. 27, 2016) — Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson and The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr., also a CAU trustee, will co-host a community forum, LISTEN 2016, Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6pm in CAU’s Henderson Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. The two organizations co-sponsored a January forum offering expert perspectives on issues affecting campus environments. LISTEN 2016 will focus on students’ questions, ideas and opinions. The event is free and open to the public.
LISTEN is an acronym acknowledging current issues that affect college students and communities in general, ideas that matter to them: lives matter; intellect matters; survival tactics matter; entrepreneurship matters; and networks matter. During the forum, area leaders will frame these issues in a series of brief conversations moderated by Kiplyn Primus, host of NPR’s “Local Take.” The program, however, focuses mainly on students’ questions and concerns.
“Students today face issues that are complex and, in many instances, deeply troubling. Our goal in hosting this program with The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is to have these young men and women understand that we value their thoughts and opinions. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, but also to network toward workable solutions,” Johnson says.
Dortch and FDHA CEO Lisa Smith Flagg concur, offering another perspective on the forum. “The conversation will, of course, include violence as a community health issue, but LISTEN 2016 also will reinforce the need to maintain strong minds and healthy bodies as a form of personal activism.” Flagg says. Efforts to assure a healthier metro-Atlanta community are incomplete without this discussion,” she adds. The FDHA will continue to explore these issues after LISTEN 2016. For more information on its Oct. 11 summit, go to www.thefdha.org.
Dortch added that he is especially enthusiastic about hosting a meeting for this segment of the population. “We believe it is important to connect young adults with the region’s leaders. By coming together,” he says, “we can ultimately realize workable, progressive community solutions that have the potential to benefit everyone.”
LISTEN 2016 has attracted leaders from across the region. Confirmed panelists include: Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves; Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr.; Greater Atlanta Urban League President and CEO Nancy Flake Johnson; Atlanta Tribune Publisher Patricia Lottier; Entrepreneur Michael E. Melton, J.D.; Operation HOPE President Louis Negron; and Licensed Psychologist and TV Personality Alduan Tartt. Leadership from Atlanta Police Department also will participate in the forum.
For more information on LISTEN 2016, call 404-880-8337.Category: Students, Administration, Faculty