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The Dialogue Zone Celebrates Its Launch: Sep 23-27

By Jason Combs

The Dialogue Zone will be celebrating its launch during the week of September 23-27.  During this week, we will be hosting a number of events to showcase the diverse programs that the space can accommodate.  All programs will be taking place in the Dialogue Zone on the first floor of Roesch Library, Room 107.


Open House

Monday, September 23

10:00-11:30 AM

Drop by the Dialogue Zone to see the space and talk with the Coordinator and members of the Steering Committee about the vision of this new initiative on campus, the services that are offered, programs that will be taking place in the future, and ways to get involved. No reservation required.



Let's Talk about It:  Dr. Ibram Kendi and Anti-Racism

Tuesday September 24, 2019

10:30-11:45 AM

An opportunity to engage in dialogue in a group setting about Dr. Ibram Kendi's talks on campus from the previous week with others who wish to continue the conversation about race and being an anti-racist. Dr. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a columnist for The Atlantic and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize.

Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants who sign up. Please RSVP using this form.

 

Dialogue and Community with Dr. Jon Hess and Dr. Kelly Johnson

Tuesday September 24, 2019

2:00-3:15 PM

Listen to presentations from two scholars on campus on the intersection of these two important concepts. Dr. Hess is Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Internationalization and Inclusive Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Johnson is the Ferree Chair of Social Justice. After both speakers have presented, participants will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue on these topics as they relate to UD. 

Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants who sign up. Please RSVP using this form.



Obstacles and Opportunities for Understanding and Implementing Equity at UD

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

3:30-4:30 PM

A facilitated dialogue that focuses on some of the obstacles and opportunities facing the University as it pursues equity as one of its core values.  The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides a definition of equity: “Within the context of higher education, the creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented and underserved populations to have equal access and equitable outcomes through educational programs that are capable of closing the gaps in student achievement. This would include increasing faculty, staff and administrator’s capacity to teach, work and lead in ways that are informed by and responds to the diverse cultural composition of campus spaces of learning, working, and living.  A commitment to respect and provide equitable treatment for all members of our community, especially those from historically underrepresented and underserved communities.” Explore in a group setting key questions relating to this concept including challenges and possibilities before the University as it tries to realize this vision.  

Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants who sign up. Please RSVP using this form.

 

Listening to Those with Whom We Disagree

Thursday, September 26, 2019

10:30-11:45 AM

Dr. Jason Combs, Coordinator for the Dialogue Zone, will facilitate a short workshop for improving one's ability to listen to those with whom one disagrees. Such skills are helpful in overcoming the divisiveness and estrangement that is often a condition of public discourse and sometimes interactions with friends, family members, coworkers, and others who do not share one’s views on critical topics.

Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants who sign up. Please RSVP using this form.

 

Let's Talk about It:  Dr. Ibram Kendi and Anti-Racism

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2:00-3:15 PM

A repeat of the program on Tuesday, September 24. An opportunity to engage in dialogue in a group setting about Dr. Ibram Kendi's talks on campus from the previous week with others who wish to continue the conversation about race and being an anti-racist. Dr. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is a columnist for The Atlantic and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize.

Registration is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants who sign up. Please RSVP using this form.



New programs are currently in development for the weeks that follow.  You can keep up on news relating to the Dialogue Zone by visiting our website.  You also can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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The first cohort of facilitators for the Dialogue Zone met this week to explore opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage each other on key topics affecting campus.  Twenty-six people from various offices and departments across the University spent a morning together, reviewing key skills, principles, and approaches for facilitating dialogue.

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