On April 30th, 2012 the Honors class adjourned an hour early to allow students to attend the "Taking the hoods off Concordia" event hosted by the communications department. In memory of the Trayvon Martin shooting very one showed up in hoodies and wore their hoods up for the duration of the event. The event started with a brief introduction, and speech by students in the communications class. After the intro the group was led on a walk around Concordia passing signs that gave stats about teen violence in the US. After the tour the group returned to the front of the chapel where everyone ceremoniously removed their hoods and the communications class gave a brief concluding speech.
This semesters theme of scholarship and service does not discriminate in the race or social standing of those served. One way of serving is stopping injustice and inequality through spreading awareness of this injustice or inequality. The "Taking the hoods off Concordia" event helped spread awareness about teen violence and racial inequality.
I found the "Taking the hoods off Concordia" event very interesting as I had not attended anything quite like it before. I had a lot of stereotypes about how things are here in the United States. For example I'd read all these Little House on the Prairie books where they talk about how winters were so bad they'd have to about tunnel to school, and would get lost walking from the barn to the house. I was really expecting upwards of 7 feet of snow all winter long. I really don't like the cold, but I was still rather surprised to only get a measly four feet my first year here. In the same way while I believe at God made all people equal and I'm completely against racial discrimination, racism in America is talked about so much in the media I was under the impression that things like the Trayvon Martin shooting happen every day. I was (pleasantly) surprised to see all the ruckus made about this one event and applaud the communication department for putting this event together.