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Programs and Events

All events will take place in the Dialogue Zone, Roesch Library Room 107

Upcoming events
Beyond Civil Rights: King's Vision of the Strength in Solidarity

Thursday, January 30, 2020
3:30-5:00 PM

Facilitator: 

Rachel Barnett, University Libraries

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights leader who recognized the power of solidarity to overcome oppressive forces. His work extended beyond civil rights as he sought to publicly oppose violent conflicts such as the Vietnam War and economic injustice through acts such as the Poor People's campaign. For King, a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a dialogue to explore how we can build community through recognizing King's vision of the strength in solidarity.

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

Connecting as Co-Educators: Faculty-Staff Conversations

January 28, 29, February 18, 19, March 25, 26, April 29, or 30
3:15-4:30 PM

As a faculty member, are you familiar with the responsibilities, challenges, and concerns of staff members? If you are a member of the staff, do you know what the role of faculty is and what issues are important to them? Join us for a facilitated conversation geared to discover more about the actual jobs and daily routines of faculty and staff while we find ways to collaborate together for the well-being of our students and the common good. All employees are welcome. Multiple sessions are being offered, so feel free to attend one or several.

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

Blind Spots and Unconscious Bias: A UD Day of Understanding Workshop

Thursday, February 6, 2020 or Friday, February 7, 2020
3:30-5:30 PM

Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

During the month of February, the University of Dayton joins hundreds of other universities and corporations to celebrate “Day of Understanding.” This annual event began in 2018 through the efforts of the collaborative CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of this event is advancing difficult conversations in the workplace regarding issues of diversity and inclusion and building trust between employees to talk about topics that are often avoided. Signatories pledge to host employee dialogues anytime during or around the month of February.  

This particular workshop “Blind Spots and Unconscious Bias” will give students an opportunity to explore how assumptions regarding particular social identities can shape decisions that they make with little to no conscious awareness. The goal of the workshop is to enhance participants’ awareness of these biases, so that they can think differently about the diverse social identities in the workplace. This capacity is essential for aspiring professionals, especially those who might eventually occupy a leadership role in the organization and community.

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

Communication and Climate Change: Engaging Others in Conversations of Understanding

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:30-6:00 PM

Guest Participant:

Dr. Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Dr. Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas in a conversation about engaging others to build understanding about the topic of climate change.  Dr. Bloomfield specializes in the rhetoric of science, scientific controversies, and public argumentation, particularly around issues of climate change.  Her recent research focuses on contemporary challenges to science education, strategies for climate communicators, and the influence of competing discourses in environmental rhetoric.  In this conversation, participants will have an opportunity to consider some of the challenges relating to communicating about this challenging topic, strategies that build dialogue in the face of skepticism and opposition, and ways of recognizing conversations that are taking an unproductive, adversarial turn.

Registration for each session is required as seats are limited to the first 24 participants. Please sign up using this form.

Do We Provide Equal Access for Everyone in Our Classrooms?

Thursday, February 13 (if you attend the February 12 IEA session) and Friday, April 17 (if you attend the April 15 IEA session)
3:15-4:30 PM

After attending any of the two Inclusive Excellence Academy sessions on disability, accessibility and universal design, join us for a dialogue to examine our accomplishments so far, share useful strategies, and plan for the challenges ahead to make our classrooms accessible to the diverse needs of all our students. Open to everyone in our campus (even if you miss the IEA workshops).

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

Facilitating a Conversation of Understanding: A UD Day of Understanding Workshop

Thursday, February 20, 2020 or Friday, February 21, 2020
3:30-5:30 PM

Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

During the month of February, the University of Dayton joins hundreds of other universities and corporations to celebrate “Day of Understanding.”  This annual event began in 2018 through the efforts of the collaborative CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of this event is advancing difficult conversations in the workplace regarding issues of diversity and inclusion and building trust between employees to talk about topics that are often avoided.  Signatories pledge to host employee dialogues anytime during or around the month of February.  

This particular workshop “Facilitating a Conversation of Understanding” will give students an opportunity to learn how to create opportunities for people in organizational and community settings to engage each other in challenging conversations, especially relating to diversity and inclusion.  The goal of the workshop is to build participants’ capacity for setting up and facilitating these conversations, so that participants can reach understanding across their differences. This capacity is essential for aspiring professionals, especially those who might eventually occupy a leadership role in the organization and community.

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

How Inclusive Are We of the Religious Views of Students and Employees on Our Campus?

Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23
3:15-4:30 PM

As Muslim faculty, staff, and students prepare to celebrate Ramadan, let’s take a moment to dialogue about the opportunities and challenges for religious inclusion in our institution. What have we accomplished so far? What would an inclusive campus look like in terms of religious diversity? Do we provide equal opportunities for all students and employees to feel supported in the realization of their religious identities? How do we include and empower non-religious people in our community?

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

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Dialogue Zone

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360
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