By Tristin Taylor, Staff Writer
Social and political issues that millennials are most concerned about, and possible tools they can use to confront them, were the focus of the Dymally Millennial Symposium Thursday in the Loker Student Union.
“The main purpose of this symposium is to compare knowledge from the civil rights generations to the millennials of today, providing them with a voice for the issues that matter most to them,” said panelist Justin Blakely, a former CSUDH Associated Student Inc. president who is currently running for Compton City Council.
Blakeley was joined on the panel, which was co-hosted by ASI and the Dymally Institute, by current ASI president Christian Jackson, ASI Vice President of Academic Affairs Daylin Joseph, and Dr. Ivory Toldson, of Howard University.
The panelists spoke about the issues they felt needed to be addressed by millennials, including student homelessness, leadership and the criminalization of protests, and encouraged students to feel comfortable voicing their concerns and questions.
“Student responses are what we are aiming for with the whole panel. This isn’t something that we want to do five or six years, from now, we want to get this taken care of today. Immediately,” said Jackson.