Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion
For several years interested faculty and staff have collaborated to host a variety of sessions on diversity topics for the campus community. The Conversations on Diversity series (COD) focuses on the complexities of group and individual identities and how they influence one another. The gatherings provide a safe space for members of the campus community to consider the often sensitive issues surrounding identity. COD has been the committee's attempt to expose and treat the various ills we see reflected on our campus and in our community--xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, classism, ignorance, apathy, etc., as well as celebrate our differences. In providing a forum for the many voices on our campus to be heard, we hope that, through education and conversation, we can bring about enlightenment, understanding, and acceptance.
Each semester has had an overall theme so that the conversations are related to or build on one another over the semester. Themes from previous semesters include highlighting collaborations between faculty/staff, students, and community members to create change, teaching diversity in the university classroom, and revealing and combating stereotypes. This year's Conversations on Diversity series explores sources and responses to the hate and fear around and within us.
Conversations on Diversity occur every other Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. We welcome all members of the campus community. If you have suggested topics, please contact Tray Robinson at 898-4764.