Difficult Dialogues Series to focus on Campus Carry

The spring installment will include a panel discussion featuring law enforcement professionals and Texas Tech students, faculty and staff.

John Delony

John Delony

The Texas Tech University Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC) will host a panel discussion on campus carry during the spring installment of the Difficult Dialogues series. The discussion, “Campus Carry: Concealed Weapons on the College Campus,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 in Education Building Room 001.

Kyle Bonath

Kyle Bonath

“The Difficult Dialogue Program offers faculty, staff, students and the community an opportunity to engage in dialogue on sensitive or difficult topics in an environment where expressed beliefs and values are encouraged and recommended,” CCAAC Director Sarah Shiver said.

John Delony, associate dean of the Texas Tech School of Law, will serve as moderator. The panel will include Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lance Outland and Michael Farmer, associate professor of natural resource economics. Two students, Holton Westbrook, president of the Student Government Association, and Michael Wurmstein, a chemical engineering major, also are included.

Holton Westbrook

Holton Westbrook

“The panel members were chosen based on their knowledge related to this topic and their ability to provide varying perspectives on this issue,” Shiver said.

Senate Bill 11, commonly referred to as campus carry, allows licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on academic campuses. The discussion is a chance for those interested in the law to share their thoughts and concerns, Shiver said.

Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

“Students, faculty, staff and the community should attend to gain an in-depth understanding of the new campus carry law and how this law will affect our campus and local community,” Shiver said.

For more information about Difficult Dialogues Program, visit its website.


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The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.

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