Norfolk State University and the City of Norfolk to Host Forum to Address Community Challenges
(NSU Newsroom—Nov. 29, 2021) — Norfolk State University, the state’s largest Historically Black College and
University and the City of Norfolk, will host a forum to address solutions to community challenges at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30,
in the Dorothy B. Brothers Auditorium, in partnership with Mayor Kenneth Alexander.
The citywide forum will address challenges that include violence, poverty, food deserts, the digital divide, community
redevelopment and other issues. The event will provide students and community members with an opportunity to
engage thought leaders from the university and the city. Moreover, NSU will help lead an important dialogue about
solutions to social and economic challenges.
The forum panel attendees include:
Norfolk State University’s President – Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D.
City of Norfolk Mayor – Kenneth Alexander, Ph.D.
City of Norfolk Police Chief – Larry D. Boone
City of Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney – Ramin Fatehi
Sustain Equity Group – Kayla Hicks, Founder, President and CEO
Norfolk State University – Interim Chief of Police Brian Covington
Norfolk State University’s Sociology Professor – Robert Perkins, Ph.D.
Norfolk State University’s Social Work Professor – Sharon Alston, Ph.D.
Norfolk State University Student Government Association – President Jaylin Drewry
The community discussion will be moderated by NSU’s, Eric W. Claville, JD, MLIS. The event will be covered by local
media and available for streaming. For more information about the event, contact Office of Media Relations.
Norfolk State University is a comprehensive urban public institution that is committed to transforming students’ lives
through exemplary teaching, research, and service. Offering a supportive academic and culturally diverse environment
for all, the University empowers its students to turn their aspirations into reality and achieve their full potential as well
rounded, resourceful citizens and leaders for the 21st century. NSU plays a vital economic and social role in the City
of Norfolk, the Hampton Roads region, and across Virginia.