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Stephen Timothy Roberts, Jr.

SOLID on Shaky Ground: A Discussion on Institutional Inequality and the NSU Solidarity March for the Student Protests at the University of Missouri

Stephen Timothy Roberts, Jr.Stephen Timothy Roberts, Jr. is an Afro-Caribbean, New Yorker residing in South Florida and proud alumni of Nova Southeastern University. Earning his B.S. in Criminal Justice, he is now pursuing a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling in the College of Psychology. An active member of the student body, he is the current Graduate Liaison in the Black Student Union where he was a past VP & Public Relations Chairman – the same Black Student Union responsible for the march held on campus in solidarity with the black student body of University of Missouri. He is a past VP of the Counseling Student Organization and a co-founder of Community Action Using Student Empowerment (or CAUSE). Stephen has been involved in out-of-state community service efforts on campus since the beginning. All of this he has accomplished while holding various employment positions on campus throughout. Beyond all of this he is involved in Community Organizing with the local chapter of Dream Defenders and is always open to community service activities. He hopes to continue moving forward after receiving his Master's degree, making an impact on communities in need and against structures and institutions withholding the much needed resources of these communities.

If you Google search the hashtags: #StandWithMizzou, #ConcernedStudent1950, or #BlackOnCampus you'll find a bevy of eye-opening information surrounding racially charged incidents that took place on a college campus in the state of Missouri. The University of Missouri is not the first, nor is it the last institution to see incidents of both implicit and explicit racism and discrimination. It did however become a hotbed for the highlighting of issues like these late into last year. A series of incidents which found their way into the spotlight via an open letter put out by the Student Government President sparked an online firestorm of commentary on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The Black Student Union picked up on the news and instantaneously bonded themselves to it. The student-led, student-run organization proceeded to put together an action, as a means of showing camaraderie as well as to shed light to unaware students, here, about the issue. Let it be understood that all incidents like these should be everyone's to sympathize with and everyone's to condemn. The march in solidarity was held on November 17th, 2015 more importantly as a statement to the black student body at the University of Missouri that they are supported from afar, to the administration there that there is still much work to be done, and to everyone in any way attached to the events that being silent in the wake of these acts is just as violent as having committed them themselves.

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