Parents Fund Brings Civil Rights Advocate to Campus

photo of attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr.

New York civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. visited the Storrs campus recently to speak to students about “America After Obama.”

Coleman, a civil rights advocate and legal commentator who has appeared on ARISE News and WSJ Live, led a frank discussion in the Student Union theater about politics, race, and social justice following President Obama’s exit from the White House.

Coleman said Obama and his presidency seemed to represent a symbol of American progress, and urged students to lead efforts to move beyond polarizing party politics to engineer solutions that create better understanding in the current political arena.

Coleman’s visit Feb. 28 was sponsored by the UConn Foundation’s Parents Fund and UConn’s Division of Student Affairs.

“We are always looking for speakers who can have a meaningful and interesting conversation with our students that cuts across a number of constituencies,” said Christine M. Wilson, Director of Student Activities & Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

The Parents Fund and Division of Student Affairs have brought in other guest speakers throughout the year, including Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis ’05 (ED), ’06 MA, a teacher who survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and Richard Robinson ’79 (CLAS), one of the first African-American state Supreme Court judges in Connecticut.

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