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USM kicks off diversity week with equality forum

One Mississippi university is working toward diversity and including everyone's voice. (Photo source: WLOX) One Mississippi university is working toward diversity and including everyone's voice. (Photo source: WLOX)
Sarah Jane Brady spoke at the campus forum. (Photo source: WLOX) Sarah Jane Brady spoke at the campus forum. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

A Mississippi university is working toward diversity and including everyone's voice.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus kicked off Diversity Week with a luncheon exploring the issues facing the LBGTQ community.

The forum's guest speaker was Sarah Jane Brady, the executive director of the forum for equality in New Orleans.

Brady led discussions on the challenges that the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community face while living in the South.

The discussion also covered the victories and resources from allied that have helped the LBGTQ community.

“Having college campuses that are welcoming spaces and understanding of the diversity that their student body brings, as well as giving them the opportunity to learn and thrive and be independent goes much further than we realize,” said Brady.

There will also be events on campus this week for veterans and for international students.

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