Nathaniel Kublin | Brown University
On March 17th, I sat down with RISD sophomore and Marjory Stoneman Douglas alum Nina Greg to discuss life in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida shooting and what steps should be taken moving forward.
Three days prior to our conversation, Brown University held a walkout one
month anniversary of the Parkland tragedy, in which hundreds of students gathered on the Main Green in front of the Campus Center at 10 AM. Standing in solidarity, both literally and figuratively, students listened to Gregg recount her memory of discovering that her alma mater alma was victim of an act of mass violence.
In a conversation after the walkout, Gregg revealed that it has been “an incredibly lonely” experience to be in Providence after her high school was victim to a terrible tragedy. While no one at RISD can relate to her experience, it was endearing to see so many strangers show up in support.
Though the conversation after the walkout was brief, we met outside of a local taqueria on the following Saturday in brisk St. Patty’s Day air to discuss further.
A slideshow she prepared for a meeting of gun reform advocates at RISD aptly read “Our biggest advocate is ourselves.” In a largely youth lead grassroots movement, this sentiment is not to be overlooked Gregg. She began the conversation about gun reform at her school, created a community of advocates at RISD, attended the Brown walkout as a keynote speaker, and plans on attending the March for Our Lives in Providence. She is without a doubt her own biggest advocate.
When asked what she is aiming to accomplish with this effort, Gregg proudly recited the question that her group Gun Control @ RISD is looking to answer: “How can we as artists and designers change the way we approach gun violence in schools?”
She believes that each individual can contribute to the movement in their own unique way, and as a member of the RISD community, she looks to channel the talents of her peers to create change. In addition to looking forward to tangible change, Gregg acknowledged the need for people remain committed to the movement.
With the March for Our Lives taking place on Saturday the 24th, it is important for the movement to not lose steam afterwards. The march is shaping up to have a huge turnout nationwide, but what comes next is worth considering now. Gregg has already planned a panel for April the 11th in the RISD Auditorium, but it is up individuals nationwide to keep people in their own community engaged.