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Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Spring 2017 Dialogue Groups

dialogue group

Dialogue is different from debate because individuals seek to understand and learn from one another versus arguing or trying to prove a point. Dialogue facilitators are trained students who craft each dialogue session specific to the interests of the participants. In order to move from surface-level conversations into deeper dialogue facilitators create a space for participants to talk and explore these extremely important issues about identity and social justice. Individuals who participate should be personally interested in the topic of the group they apply for and be willing to share their own personal experiences and perspectives.

Requirements to participate: All students are welcome to apply. Those who participate should be committed to attending the full seven weeks of the Dialogue. Spring Dialogues begin the week of February 21 and end April 13.

Latinx Issues and Experiences Thursdays 6-8 pm

What are your experiences within Latinx communities? How do issues of class, race, color, gender, sexuality, regionalism, and ethnicity affect Latinx experiences, behavior, and thinking? This intragroup dialogue is for people who self-identify within the Latinx community to discuss Latinx issues and experiences.

Politics: Post Election Impact and Climate
Tuesdays 6-8 pm

How has the election affected your outlook on life, politics, the future for you and society, and U.S. democracy? In this dialogue, participants will explore issues of identity within the election and its results and examine ways to move forward.

Gender, Race, and Mental Health Tuesdays 6-8 pm

What are your experiences with mental health, wellness, and self-care? How do issues related to gender and race affect one's mental health/wellness and the ways mental health care is accessed or talked about? Participants will explore issues like racial trauma and fatigue and gender-based violence, its impact on mental health/wellness, and ways to move forward.

Religion: Bias and Inclusion Wednesdays 6-8 pm

What is your connection and/or disconnection with religion/spirituality? Participants in the dialogue will reflect on their personal beliefs and values as well as explore issues of religious bias such as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and discuss bystander/intervention strategies in this post-election climate.


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