The East Lansing Human Relations Commission announced a new series called Coffee & Conversation, which provides a monthly forum for community topics on diversity and inclusion.
The events are informal conversations around a single-issue topic at rotating East Lansing locations.
Topics include human rights issues pertaining to protected classes, religious groups, LGBTQ+ community members, race, disabilities, veterans, immigration and incarceration. Rotating members of the commission will host each conversation.
“It is vital that, as a community, we provide this forum in order to have tough conversations about topics that affect all members of our City,” Council member Aaron Stephens said in a statement.
The first session of the Coffee & Conversation series, “What is a Protected Class?,” will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Blue Owl Coffee in downtown East Lansing, 213 Ann St., Suite C.
The second session will discuss religion, and will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Espresso Royale, 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road. The conversation will include discussion on racial discrimination, including hate crimes.