Critical Dialogue Symposium II

Next Event: SUNDAY, MAY 13 (2018)
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: Alumni Hall

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The "Critical Dialogue Symposium" is an event that was created to promote an understanding of the various issues at Gustavus, as well as the effect these issues have on the various identities connected to the College. These topics may include, but are definitely not limited to: diversity, equity, inclusion, race, and religion. The hope is to provide a venue for our campus community to get to know each other, voices to be heard, and to reflect upon our personal roles and responsibilities in creating a welcoming and inclusive community, while driving positive social change. While these conversations may be happening regularly at various other locations, this event is specifically being created for the extended Gustavus community.

NOTE: We realize that these conversations can be difficult as there are many perspectives, personalities, and/or privileges we all possess. At the same time, it is imperative to have this type of dialogue (in as many places as possible) to either jumpstart, or continue, the transformational process of individual understanding, growth, and our ability to create change. We also acknowledge the complexities in succinctly addressing a multitude of diverse issues...and acknowledge that we do not have all the answers.

What is unique about this event?

  • The keynote speaker/s have strong connections to the campus because they are members of the Gustavus community. As such, the address is designed to challenge attendees perceptions, spark ideas, and open minds as the symposium attendees move towards developing intentional and equitable change . 
  • The facilitators understand our campus, because they are members of the Gustavus community. They will be assisting with the post keynote dialogues, as well as providing encouragement and/or guidance during the discussion and wrap-up.
  • The entire summit structure is based on the speaker, and participants, sharing of themselves...their identities, personal stories, thoughts and ideas...not in a one-sided lecture, or through a reactionary event.
  • The breakout dialogue sessions will typcially include broad issues such as: the current political and societal climate, equity and inclusion, DACA/immigration, LGBTQ, the First Amendment, and accessibility, as well as other specific topics/issues that continue to affect the immediate, and extended, Gustavus community. The structure of the breakout discussions will allow for sharing in a safe, non-confrontational environment.

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For a PDF recap of the inaugural Critical Dialogue Symposium event on January 27, 2018, click below!

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