For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2011
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
The “Wall of Stereotypes” was torn down in an event at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) on Thursday, October 6th. The event was held as part of the College’s Violence Prevention Month activities. With over 80 students in attendance, the event was an overwhelming success. The event focused on bringing negative stereotypes out into the open and then proving why they are not true.
The event began with students writing stereotypes about a specific group of people, then taping papers with stereotypes up to create a wall. Students then took turns removing the papers with stereotypes, stating why it was not true. During the session, students were enthusiastic about tearing down the Wall and took the discussion seriously. As each piece of the Wall came down, students applauded each other for having the courage to face a stereotype and condemn it. After the Wall came down, Professor of Sociology Laurie Alphonse gave a short presentation explaining stereotypes and the negative impact they have.
“Students had a chance to come together today to face negative stereotypes that exist in our society,” said Brandy Boies, Coordinator of Student Life. “It was emotionally challenging to write and see the hurtful stereotypes that are placed upon individuals with differences. However, when students began to defend the social group by ‘tearing’ down what was being said, it was inspiring and provided hope that we can begin to eliminate stereotypes at LFCC and beyond.”
Because of its tremendous success, the Student Life Office plans to hold The Wall event again sometime next year.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.