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Previewing the Community Conversation

by Breonnah Colon - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 11:00 pm

Diversity is an integral aspect of any college community. Students and faculty alike, all from different backgrounds, come together with one overarching goal: to participate within a field of  higher education and impact society in the best way they possibly can. Despite most people sharing the same aspirations, disparities between different backgrounds can lead to a lack of understanding, miscommunication, and tension and bias. It is a result of the latter that college communities have been working to mend gaps between diverse groups. One way that is here on The College at Brockport campus is through Community Conversations.

Community Conversations is a series of open-dialogue conversations hosted by the college’s administration which focuses on issues of bias and works to promote a more tolerant and accepting community that involves the entire college’s population. The conversations’ content varies from semester to semester and primarily serves to address relevant issues raised by students and staff on campus. According to brockport.edu, the first Community Conversation of the semester will focus on “empowering us to reflect on our own biases and privilege and use that knowledge to become more intentional about moving from bystanders to upstanders in order to create more equitable, inclusive spaces.”

The conversation will begin on Thursday, Sept. 28, and will run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Eagle’s Lookout, located in the Tuttle Athletic Complex. Future conversations are scheduled to take place as the semester progresses.

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