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Becoming One DU: From Dialogues to Action

We all have differences in perspectives, opinions and emotions around significant social events and issues, that are easily reduced to "us-them," "good-bad" binaries. Particularly in a tense US political season, when brief soundbites and biting zingers are common, we actually need more sustained, nuanced and mutual communication.

Recognizing the larger need for such skills and space, the division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence has formed a new program area, focused on Inclusion and Equity Education. With on- and off-campus partners, we are developing a range of opportunities for the DU community to improve and apply dialogue skills. As we finalize our 2016-17 calendar, we invite you to stay tuned for details on regular dialogue events, workshops, courses and online resources.

We appreciate the passions and attentions so many Pios are giving to the important issues of our day, and the desire to engage them on our campus. We look forward to the challenging, but ultimately more constructive work of DU dialoguing.

In the meanwhile, please use the resources and events below, to inform and engage yourself and others.

upcoming events

(Review past events)

Place for Peace at Evans Chapel

Wednesday, 11/16

12-12:30pm: music for individual meditation
12:30-12:45pm: a reading, & sharing of concerns (or celebrations)
12:45-1pm: Music for meditation

DU Pioneer Symposium

Half-day, by registration event closes with a free Veterans Day Celebration of veterans and their service.

Friday, 11/11, 4:30–6:00pm, The Cable Center

Communities of Color at DU

Wednesdays, 4-7pm, Chan Classroom, Anderson Academic Commons

Faculty, Staff, and Students from DU's communities of color and their allies are invited to come together for fellowship every Wednesday for the remainder of the quarter.We designate this as a time to develop connections and friendships in a positive and supportive environment. Refreshments provided.

Additional resources for exploring current issues

DU Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) resource list

Election "day after" engagement

International perspective

Engaging some analogies

Unpacking common conflations

Terms from a language perspective

Relating to other issues of equity

How Black lives haven't mattered

How and why engaging across difference is both challenging and important

Resources for classroom instructors/faculty

Send us your ideas

Please send us your ideas for an event, workshop or training; email cmeinfo@du.edu.

Please Report All incidents

If there is a threat of harm or other immediate risk to personal safety, please call 911 and then 303-871-3000.

To report non-emergency incidents, please submit a Bias Incident Report .

Past events

Election 2016 Fallout: National and International Ramifications

FREE EVENT: DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research will host a discussion on the ramifications of the campaign results.

Wednesday, 11/9, 5–7pm, Maglione Hall in the Sie Complex

Election 2016: What We Learned and What Comes Next

FREE EVENT: An Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences panel.

Thursday, 11/10, 5:30-7:30pm, ACC Special Events Room

Meeting for Solidarity

Friday, 10/7, 3:15pm, Freedom of Speech Wall, next to Driscoll Student Center

Black Student Alliance + allies meet with Chancellor Chopp

Friday, 10/7, 4–7:00pm, Mary Reed

Indigenous Film and Arts Festival Film Screening: Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution

Friday, 10/7, 6–9pm, Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall 248

"What's going on?" Educational Workshop for students who are trying to understand current issues occurring on campus

Friday, 10/7, 5–6pm, Driscoll 1880

Unwind & Wrap Up of Events

Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence welcome affiliates for food, drinks, games and community.
Friday, 10/7, 7pm-12midnight, Driscoll Student Center Underground

5th Annual MGC Stroll n' Tell

Saturday, 10/8, 6:30-9pm, Driscoll Student Center Ballroom
Hosting organizations have invited statewide chapters to come in solidarity in lieu of growing racial tensions surrounding the Free Speech Wall

Becoming One DU: An Open Dialogue

*Previously Divisive Discourse in Politics: Religion
Monday, 10/10, 11:30am–1pm, Driscoll Student Center Ballroom

Campus-Wide Black Out

Coordinated by the DU Black Student Alliance; campus constituents are encourage to wear all black attire in solidarity
Tuesday, 10/11, 12noon, Driscoll Bridge

Community Meeting with Undergraduate Student Government & Graduate Student Government

Tuesday, 10/11, 6-8pm, AAC Special Events Room 290

Divisive Discourse in Politics and on our Campus: Reflections on Racism, Trauma, and Healing

Monday, 10/17, 11:30am–1pm, Driscoll Ballroom

DU faculty members reflect on the recent incidents regarding the "Free Speech" wall on campus, as well as the racialized rhetoric of the current election cycle; and explore the impact of Divisive Racial Discourse as it relates to racism, trauma, and healing.

Counternarratives on Race and Higher Education

Tuesday, 10/18, 4–5:30pm, Sturm Hall Room 251

Students will share personal narratives on their individual and collective lived experiences both in and outside of the classroom related to impact of race and racism at the University of Denver.

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments: Radical Honesty and Emotional Wellness in the Classroom

Thursday, 10/20, 12-1:30pm, The AAC Loft classroom

Stemming from Black Feminist Anthropology and Africana studies teachings, "radical honesty" is a pedagogical practice that encourages students and professors to utilize truth-telling, counter-narratives, and critical reflection as tools for understanding how systems of oppression influence emotional wellness. In particular, this pedagogical method is useful for working through the shame that often emerges as experiences of racism and sexism are discussed in academic spaces. Radical honesty, as a politics of truth, is a feminist transgression—demanding that scholars of color acknowledge the failings of an academic system with which they remain engaged, acknowledge their vulnerabilities, and share their strategies for self-care and self-love. With Dr Bianca C Williams is Asc Professor of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder.

Occupying the Academy: Being, Thinking, Doing DECOLONIZATION Symposium

Monday, 10/24, 8:30am–8:30pm, Craig Hall, Boettcher Foundation Community Room