WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A forum to discuss the gang issue in Wilmington was held downtown earlier in November. This week, UNCW will host a forum of its own to discuss the continuing crime problem in Wilmington.
According to UNCW's Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships, Jenni Harris, city leaders asked the university to step in and aid in the struggle against crime. Harris thinks the university will be a good facilitator for an important discussion.
"We are a neutral party. We can facilitate discussions," said Harris.
"We can pull people together to collaborate on discussions. So I think that's probably the main role of the university," elaborated Harris.
The administrator said Earl Sheridan, a newly re-elected city council member, will be the chair of the panel. Harris then elaborated that UNCW is a big part of the WIlmington community as a whole.
"UNCW's been concerned with everything that's going on in the community. We're a part of the community. Our faculty and staff live here. Our students come here to learn. We want to provide a safe environment for them just like everyone else does," explained Harris.
According to a memo from UNCW, the other members of the panel will be Drs. Craig Burnett (Public and International Affairs), Robert Bundo (Social Work HAHS), Cecil Willis (Sociology and Criminology), and Donyell Roseboro (Watson School of Education).
The forum will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in room 1008 of the CIS Building on UNCW's campus.
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