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Upcoming “Social Media, Solidarity and Safety” Discussion

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The Deborah L. Coffin Women’s Center, the Office for International Student Services and the Wolak Learning Center are teaming up with Global Citizens Circle (GCC) to host a program called “Social Media, Solidarity & Safety” with guest speaker Hala Al-Dosari. GCC is a “non-profit organization that aims to create open dialogue about the important, diverse social issues that society faces,” said GCC coordinator, Meaghan Blaisdell (‘18). All are welcome to attend the event at the Library Café on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Hala Al-Dosari, a leading human rights activist, and the GCC, “aim to discuss and examine how today’s social media craze can both help and hurt the public who use it,” said Blaisdell. Dr. Marlyn Tadros, SNHU Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts, will be the discussion moderator of the event.

GCC discussions are designed to be very interactive, and audience participation is highly encouraged. “Rather than a speech, Al-Dosari will be making a brief opening remark about her own experience as a Saudi Arabian woman activist who has used social media as a way to build solidarity, but has also taken risks by doing so,” said GCC Executive Director, Theo Dunfey.

The discussion will be live-streamed Friday at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG0-cCHCwUM&feature=youtu.be .

GCC hopes to continue to hold open circle discussions on campus regularly to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and local residents to discuss issues that effect both the community and society as a whole.

Jessica Puchacz
Jess Puchacz is a senior majoring in communication and double minoring in psychology and justice studies. She is a sports writer and a member of the social media team. She is fluent in Spanish and takes pride in being bilingual.