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Hardman Pitts with students

Above, Hardman Lecture speaker Byron Pitts talks with students.

Hardman Lecturer Issues Call to Action


Speaking as the featured presenter of this fall’s Hardman Lecture, multiple Emmy Award-winner and co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline” Byron Pitts challenged MCLA students to become involved and help others – not only on campus, but throughout the community. “Indifference can be a deadly weapon,” he said. “We should help others, and inspire them. … This world needs you.”

Spencer MoserPitts spoke from personal experience. The author of “Step Out on Nothing” rose up from difficult circumstances to become a premier journalist and international news correspondent. While many of our students already give generously of their time through numerous worthy programs on campus and beyond, Pitts’ call to action no doubt inspired others to get started, or to do more.

“There are lots of ways to become involved,” said Spencer Moser, director of MCLA’s Center for Service and Citizenship (right). “The Center for Service is just one place you can go to find programs to support. MCLA’s multicultural office offers ‘Campus Conversations on Race,’ and trains students to lead dialogues on important issues of the day. Those interested in addressing social change – and affecting policy and people’s habits and mentality – can join this dialogue.

“It’s not rolling up your sleeves and painting a wall,” Moser continued, “but in many ways it’s maybe even more powerful to be in a room with folks from diverse backgrounds who have different views of the world, to discover who we really are, as humans.”

MCLA offers a plethora of clubs on campus that help to make MCLA a better place. If you don’t see something you are interested in, “start a new club. If you see an issue, step up and be a leader, and pursue change,” Moser said.

“You can get involved in your residence area, or use the Student Government Association (SGA) process to push forward an initiative. Then there are community service programs through the Center for Service, where you immediately can become part of someone’s life, serve as a mentor, and redirect that person’s life for the better.”

Through the Center for Service, the many programs in place to better the lives of area young people include the Berkshire After School Art Program, which exposes middle school youth to the arts and encourages creative thinking to challenge their perspective and embrace originality. And, MCLA undergraduates who participate in the “Write Stuff” tutor area 5th through 7th graders to help them develop better writing skills and participate in college awareness activities.

Beyond campus, Moser will lead another group on a trip to Haiti during spring break 2018, to provide service and make needed improvements to a village in need.

To find out more about programs through which you can serve others, contact Chris Hantman ’14, community engagement coordinator, via email at

The Hardman lecture event, “Mass Media and Democratic Governance: The American Experience,” was made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.