Wednesday October 19, 2016

Creating Inclusive Community Presents: Crossroads Conference

Saturday, October 22 will be a busy day for a group of students who are planning a learning experience for campus. The idea to host an on-campus conference came to life after the student’s attended the 2015 White Privilege Conference (WPC), an annual gathering designed to educate participants about power, privilege and difference. For the past few years, a group of UD students, faculty and staff have attended this conference with the Creating Inclusive Community (CIC) initiative and mini course offered in the spring semester. When the students returned from WPC, their peers were confused about the purpose of a “white privilege” conference. In an attempt to bring this valuable learning to campus, the CIC Conference was developed. 

Current students, Jesse Hughes, Kaleigh Jurcisek, Caroline Goodill and Gabrielle (Brie) Boltz are continuing this initiative for the 2016 academic year. The second annual Creating Inclusive Community Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:45am to 5:00pm and is opened to faculty, staff, students and community leaders. The theme, Crossroads, will provide a variety of workshops for learners at various levels on issues connected to social justice. The conference will offer 16 workshops split between a morning and afternoon session, lunch, and a keynote address by sociologist, historian and author, Dr. James Loewen. Topics for the workshops include, a panel on Islam and Social Justice, Race, Food and Trafficking, a session on gendered language, and more.

Hughes, a graduate student who has been involved with CIC since the beginning, shared “we hope we get participants who will learn to listen to other people’s experience, rather than trying to argue why that experience is wrong, and they take away new information they didn’t know before.”

Jurcisek added, “we have so many sessions that people with all different levels of knowledge can engage in and learn more. (We hope) participants start to have a critical mindset about (social justice) issues wherever they are; on campus, in their home communities, or out in  their field of work someday.”

The planning group encourages faculty to share the conference information with their students, and welcome interested attendees from all over. The conference is free, and no registration is required. For more information, contact udcicpresents@gmail.com.


Creating Inclusive Community Presents: Crossroads
Saturday, October 22 from 9:45am-5:00pm
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center
Keynote Address: Dr. James Loewen, 4:00pm
This event is PATH eligible.

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