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Community Conversation: A Follow-up

  • The Community Conversation “Respect and Dignity at Carthage” was held on Feb. 15
    The Community Conversation “Respect and Dignity at Carthage” was held on Feb. 15
February 22, 2018

Last Thursday, Feb. 15, 300 faculty, staff, and students came together for a community conversation titled “Respect and Dignity for All.” The Equity and Inclusion Committee, in addition to the 26 facilitators, met after the event to debrief on the group conversations.

The discussion questions that framed the conversation were:

  • Where is the line drawn between free speech and hate speech?
  • Should Carthage be a colorblind campus?
  • Is Carthage a racially segregated campus?
  • Should we talk more about race or less about race?
  • How should we respond to offensive speech, actions?

In summary, the committee noted that faculty, staff, and students benefited immensely from this conversation and would like to participate in more throughout the semester. Faculty, staff, and students suggested that Carthage has the opportunity to set the standard by revamping the curriculum to encompass the experience of their students. There is a need for more of these conversations to be had authentically instead of as a responsive to events on campus.

There are more ways to continue the conversation this spring. Look for announcements on The Bridge for upcoming events in the Office of Student Involvement including:

Java and Justice Discussion Series 
Always 4-5 p.m. in WOH’s Place

  • Tuesday, March 20 — #MeToo
  • Tuesday, April 24 — The “Model Minority” Myth

Freedom Films
Discussions follow each film; always in Campbell Student Union

  • Monday, March 12 — “Hidden Figures,” in collaboration with Panhellenic, 7-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 4 and Saturday, April 7 — “Selma,” in collaboration with Campus Activities Board, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 14 — “Even the Rain,” 7-9 p.m.

The People Speak
This new series highlights the history of America from the perspective of the marginalized, the oppressed, and those who were left without a voice. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in WOH’s Place (brown bag lunch).

  • March 14 — The Middle Passage and America’s Original Sin of Slavery
  • March 21 — We Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident, That All WOMEN ARE EQUAL TO MEN…
  • April 4 — Jim Crow & Segregation – Exploring the “DNA” of America
  • April 18 — Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…The American Immigrant Experience
  • May 2 — This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land – The Elite, The Working Class and the Idea of “The American Dream”
  • May 9 — Reclaiming the American Dream – A Look at How New Social Movements Are Working to Dismantle Old Barriers and Open Up New Horizons.

Office of Equity and Inclusion programming this spring includes:

Continue to watch The Bridge for more ways to join the conversation!