Controversy took center stage with students, doctoral candidates and faculty members talking about concerning topics like wrongful incarceration and Islamophobia as part of the first-ever Mountaineer Talks.
Emma Harrison, a sophomore political science and multidisciplinary studies student, used her 10 minute talk to highlight the issue of wrongful incarceration in the United States.
“We need to realize that this issue is bigger than one issue or one person,” Harrison said. “We need to focus on the problem and practice empathy. They need to be treated like people.”
Harrison is involved in the WVU branch of The Innocence Project, an initiative aimed at helping the wrongfully convicted in the state prove their innocence.
She called on all students to volunteer with the Innocence Project in conjunction with the WVU Law School. Harrison also challenged medical students to get involved with DNA testing to find a solution for false convictions.
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