Diversity Dialogues

The Diversity Dialogues are a series of conversations led by faculty, staff, facilitators or a panel who have expertise in the topic. All Dialogues are from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the Thistle Room of Hamilton Commons.

The purpose of these events is to provide a safe space for students and the Alma community to discuss critical topics in regard to race, culture, gender, stereotypes, multiple identities, diversity and multiculturalism in our community and the around the world.

Diversity Dialogues 2017-18


September 13, 2017

Equity Access to Healthcare: An Economic Perspective

Graphic demonstrating equity access to healthcare.

Facilitated by Dr. Tom Ealey

““It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right.” 
― Teri Reynolds 

Healthcare has been an important and controversial conversation in politics as well as in the medical field. How can we provide equitable access to Healthcare? What does this look like from an economical aspect? Come discuss these important issues with us!

October 11, 2017

Transgender on a College Campus

All-gender restroom sign.

Facilitated by Deanna Heath, LMSW

“For me, it was never a question of whether or not I was transgender. It was a question of what I’d be able to handle transitioning and having to do it in the public eye. One of the issues that was hard for me to overcome was the fear of that.”
- Chaz Bono

People are becoming more aware and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community as they learn more information and are more exposed. What does this look like on a college campus? How are higher learning institutions supporting transgender students? Let’s #JoinTheConversation!

November 8, 2017

Global Citizens 

United States map filled with images of people of different ethnicities.

Facilitated by I-Club

“I believe we can speak with one voice.” 

- Narenda Modi

This event is co-sponsored by the I-Club and the Diversity and Inclusion Office. This dialogue will explore what it means to be a Global Citizen.

 

January 10, 2018

Feminism! Is it still relevant?

Rosie the Riveter image.

Facilitated by Dr. Lauren Woolbright

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” 
Gloria Steinem

 This dialogue will explore the role and of feminism for millennials and Gen Z. The word feminism conjures many images and definitions for different people. This discussion will allow us to gain insight into how and why this word solicits such diverse responses and its relevance in today’s world.

 

February 14, 2018

Communication Styles that Foster Healthy Interpersonal Relationships

Quote saying good communication is essential to healthy relationships

Facilitated by Dr. Joanne ‘Doc’ Gilbert

“The way you communicate reveals everything about you. Words are the clothes your thoughts wear.”
- Amanda Patterson

This dialogue will invited participants to engage in learning how to communicate with others in order to foster healthy relationships that demonstrate respect and appreciation for one another. And Doc will be sure to inject humor in this discussion.

 

March 14, 2018

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Image of the United States map filled in with photos of people of different ethnicities. 

Facilitated by Dr. Nick Dixon and Dr. Bill Gordon

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.” 
- G.K.  Chesterton

In our current climate there is an ongoing debate on how to differentiate free speech and hate speech. But as the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment grants free speech there is a movement by some in government to challenge the definition and limits of free speech. This dialogue will allow for participants to take a deep dive into this debate.

 

April 11, 2018

The Impact of Colonization on Inequities of Global Economics

The image is a map of Europe's global colonization.

Facilitated by Dr. Nhan Le

“Colonialism. The enforced spread of the rule of reason. But who is going to spread it among the colonizers?” 
― Anthony Burgess

This dialogue will focus on the impact that colonization has had on the economies of the countries that have been colonized by industrial nations.

If you are interested in facilitating, serving on a panel or co-sponsoring a Diversity Dialogue, please let us know at diversity@alma.edu.