Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diversity symposium is today

Today (Friday, Oct. 24) the Solidarity Council will host this year’s diversity symposium, titled “Moving Forward: Resistance and Agents of Change for the Future,” in Saint Mary’s Hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The goal of the symposium is to unlock ideas and thoughts that empower students to think in new ways, and to move forward in solidarity with open minds regarding topics of inclusion and diversity of the past, present, and future.

Dr. Tycho de Boer, associate professor of history, will serve as the keynote speaker from 4 to 4:50 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. He will present “Resistance and the Straitjacket of Triumphalism.”

Breakout sessions, from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Hall, will include “Resistance as an Agent of Change” hosted by Active Minds in Room 200; “Predominantly White Institutions and Social Movements,” hosted by SAFE in Room 222; “Beyond the Veil: Exploring Intercultural Conflicts Surrounding Skin Color,” hosted by Black Student Allies in Room 226; and “The Hunger and Thirst for Justice: Catholic Social Teaching for Your Life,” hosted by Peace & Justice in Room 234.

A faculty panel from 6 to 6:45 in the Common Room will include a discussion with Dr. Rose Beal, Dr. Erich Lippman, Dr. Stephen Patee and Dr. Roger Peckover, moderated by Eric Styles. The group will present an “Ecumenical Dialogue: Christian Identity, Social Change, and Plurism.”