by Pauline Dobrowski
Vice President for Student Affairs
This summer, the Office of Intercultural Affairs piloted a new biweekly brown bag series called “What’s Up Thursdays – A Community Conversation.” The goal of this series was to deepen dialogue and reflection about national occurrences surrounding issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. As a group, we created a space to join in community to discuss and process these events in our world and their impact on ourselves, each other, and our community. This fall, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Mission Division will continue to host this program. Given the challenging summer we experienced as instances of injustice plagued our world, nation, and communities, we hope that this program will provide the opportunity to process, share, and develop avenues for us to come together as a community around critical topics.
These programs will take place from 12pm-1pm in the DisCo (first floor of the Library) on the following dates:
- September 15th
- September 29th
- October 13th
- October 27th
- November 10th
- December 1st
We welcome all to drop in and contribute to the dialogue. Email communication will be sent out in advance regarding the focus for that week’s program. For our first program on September 15th, we will dedicate time to processing the events of this summer, such as the Orlando nightclub tragedy, the killing of multiple Black Americans, the shooting of the Dallas officers, and the continued unrest in Syria.
We hope that you will join us for these important conversations, and we look forward to seeing you on September 15th.