Oct 17, 2016
From staff reports
Ohio University continues its Campus Conversations this month with an event dedicated to exploring how we as individuals and a community can help to make our collective community more diverse and inclusive.
“Campus Conversation: What’s My Role in Creating a Campus and Community Free of Racism” will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Baker University Center 240.
Designed to provide a safe environment where individuals can engage in constructive, but sometimes difficult dialogues on topics affecting college campuses, our community and our nation, OHIO’s Campus Conversations are free and open to members of the OHIO and Athens communities.
Campus Conversations allow participants to ask questions, raise concerns, share personal experiences and educate themselves and others on the event’s topic. These events are organized by members of the OHIO community often in collaboration with individuals in the surrounding community.
The Oct. 26 event will include tables dedicated to specific topics where individuals can engage in small group discussions. The event will also feature tables providing information about relevant organizations and services.
For more information, contact Megan Vogel, special assistant to the vice president for student affairs and director of resource administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Ohio University who have been organizing Campus Conversations on the Athens Campus have developed the following ground rules for the events:
Maintain confidentiality. Participants are asked not to identify by name individuals who share personal stories and comments during Campus Conversations.
Speak for yourself. Participants are asked to share their own stories and experiences.
Listen with respect and curiosity.
It is OK to pass and not share your own stories and experiences.
Participants are asked to not take photos at the event and to refrain from using cell phones.
Participants are asked to be aware of their personal feelings and to take a deep breath before responding to thoughts and comments that evoke feelings of defensiveness and anger.