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City commission's Coffee & Conversation series to start Sunday, July 21

July 18, 2019
<p>Blue Owl&#x27;s new East Lansing location on Albert Street on Feb. 27, 2019.</p>

Blue Owl's new East Lansing location on Albert Street on Feb. 27, 2019.

Photo by Matt Zubik | The State News

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.

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