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USU Diversity Forum to focus on hate crimes and prejudice

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LOGAN -- A panel discussion titled "Hate Crimes: Overcoming Prejudice" will be the focus of the 12th President's Diversity Forum set for Tuesday, March 30, at Utah State University.

The forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon in the Harrison Auditorium of the Eccles Conference Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.USU President George Emert will oversee the panel discussion. Offering their viewpoints will be Edward C. Pease, journalism professor and head of the Communication Department at USU; Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke C. Wells, designated District of Utah prosecutor for federal criminal civil rights and hate crimes; Sen. Pete Suazo, D-Salt Lake, sponsor of a recent hate crimes bill in the Utah Legislature; and Scott L. Wyatt, Cache County attorney.

After the discussion, the audience will be invited to offer comments and questions.

As part of this forum, five President's Diversity Awards will be presented to a USU administrator, faculty member, staff member and student, as well as a community member who has demonstrated leadership in enhancing diversity issues.