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Real Talk about Big Questions

Real Talk About Big Questions

The Real Talk About Big Questions committee within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, has been charged with exploring appropriate infrastructure for promoting dialogue across difference on campus and creating a series of events that provide spaces for dialogue with experts and fellow Bobcats about important topics.


Upcoming Event

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The Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Global Affairs, welcomes you to a keynote event, followed by dialogue space to foster personal reflection and strategies to combat violence and discrimination against Asian/Pacific Islander populations in the U.S.

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About The Featured Speaker - Helen Zia

The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. She is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008 Helen was a Torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court.

Helen received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the City University of New York Law School for bringing important matters of law and civil rights into public view. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class. She attended medical school but quit after completing two years, then went to work as a construction laborer, an autoworker, and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.

Past Events

Date Question Dialogue Topics
November 13, 2020 Election Day Is Over – Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Healing/Repairing Relationships 
  • International Student Concerns
  • Disinformation in the News
  • Mental Health Impact and Self Care
  • Race and Politics