Averett University begins new forum to help address social issues

Meetings open to the public, held bi-monthly

DANVILE, VA. – A new program that kicks off Thursday night hopes to make one Southside community a better place to live.

Averett University will hold meetings twice a month to discuss social issues with students, staff, and members of the public.

Each meeting will feature a panel of community leaders specific to the meeting's topic.

Thursday night's meeting is on community partners and policing.

The panel will consist of four people, including Danville's deputy police chief and Dr. James Hodgson, Averett's criminal justice and sociology program director.

The goal of the meetings is to get Averett more involved in the community while helping address issues the community is facing.

"Particularly with the sort of solutions emphasis itself, it's highlighting that we want to be problem solvers, not just complainants," Hodgson said. "It's easy to complain, but where do we go from here and how do we make our communities safer and better places to live."

Thursday's meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Averett's Blount Chapel.

For more information about the meetings or to be a panelist, contact Hodgson at jhodgson@averett.edu.

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