February GATOR discussions bring out nearly 500 participants

February GATOR discussions bring out nearly 500 participants

Wed Mar 2, 2016

 Brazosport College students, faculty and staff members discuss the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” during the College’s February GATOR program discussion. 

Brazosport College staff member Paula Gentner participates in a roundtable conversation during the College’s February GATOR book discussion.

Nearly 500 Brazosport College students, faculty and staff members recently participated in discussions aimed at understanding the concept of equity and how it applies to our lives.

The February discussions, which brought out a total of 496 people, were part of the College’s Gaining Achievement Through Organized Reading (GATOR) program and centered around this semester’s book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

The discussions were not only thoughtful and informative, they also allowed everyone an opportunity to consider ways to raise awareness of and reduce unintended barriers to student success. 

The GATOR program is a collaborative project intended to broaden one’s understanding of, and sensitivity to, the structural inequalities Brazosport College students confront so these challenges can be better recognized and addressed. A different book is selected each semester, with three sessions staggered out to allow time to read and process the information.