BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University will host a public debate on enhancing police and community relations at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall, on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6 pm. The debate is expected to last 90 minutes, with audience questions submitted live via text. There will be door prizes, online polling and refreshments following the event.

The format of the debate will feature two students from the student-run periodical Binghamton Review and two students who helped organize Black Lives Matter campaigns on campus. A professional will be on hand to coach each side and assist with facts and on-spot corrections as necessary. Coaches include Madeline Bay, deputy chief of police at Binghamton University, and Kelvin Santiago Valles, who serves as faculty in the Sociology Department.

The debate is co-sponsored by Binghamton University’s Multicultural Resource Center, Speech and Debate Team, and the Student Association.

For more information, contact Jermel McClure, vice president of multicultural affairs for the Student Association, at vpma@binghamtonsa.org or 917-216-2208; or Tanya Barnes, assistant director of the Multicultural Resource Center, at tbarnes@binghamton.edu or 607-777-4775.