Last updated on April 19, 2021
By Kayla Osborne
Volunteer State Community College organized a zoom meeting March 23 to discuss the dilemma of social media dialogue.
According to the Zoom meeting information, twenty students participated in the discussion.
According to the Zoom meeting information, the meeting featured speaker, Greg Fontus, who discussed why the words we use on social media matter.
According to the Vol State campus event page, “Language is not fixed. Students, scholars, activists and others are redefining the language we use to articulate issues on equality, inclusion and social justice practices. This evolving verbal landscape requires a comprehensive use of welcoming language that avoids stereotypes, evades jargon, and eliminates micro-aggressions.”
The goal of the speech was to help “students, faculty and staff understand that the words we choose matter on social media,” said Administrative Assistant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Lori Miller.
There have been no known issues concerning social media misconduct at Vol State in the past and the office of diversity and inclusion consistently tells students to think before they post, said Miller.
It is not certain whether there will be more speeches regarding social media conduct in the future at this time, said Miller.
According to the Vol State website, “Volunteer State Community College is committed to creating a safe and healthy campus environment for students, employees, and guests. We encourage our students to play an active role in maintaining a culture of respect and integrity. We all have a responsibility to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive Vol State community.”
According to the Vol State website, students can reach out to the police on campus if they need to report an incident or crime.
According to the Vol State website, “The Vol State Campus Police Department is an independent law enforcement agency who is responsible for providing police and security services for the Gallatin, Highland Crest, Livingston, and the Cookeville Higher Education (CHEC) Campuses. The department consists of full-time and part-time patrol personnel which includes sworn and non-sworn officers. The department also employs a full-time administrative assistant and two full-time dispatchers. At the Gallatin campus, police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have an emergency, please call *0 from an on-campus telephone or (615) 230-3595.”