Thursday November 16, 2017

Tough Talks

I recently had the opportunity to be involved with, and help coordinate, the first in a series of community roundtable events on campus entitled Tough Talks, aimed at discussing tough subjects pertaining to identity, race, and gender. 

The first session of Tough Talks focused on the discussion surrounding race relations in our society, and tying that larger global discussion into how we see these problems in our everyday lives. In a roundtable environment I had the chance to speak to a handful of different students from a rather wide perspective, hearing many great stories and opinions on the state of tolerance and race relations within our community.  

These events act on-- and truly embody-- what we preach and strive for. 

I think conversations like this are important to have, especially in a time where civil discourse is seemingly lacking in our culture. There’s something so special about being able to sit down and hear stories that can be so different from your own, and learning from those stories and experiences and bring that viewpoint into your own. We’re called to do this in our daily lives, and especially at our time here at Dayton. President Spina has made it his mission to transform the University of Dayton into the University for the Common Good, a mission and goal that is lived out by our students. These events act on-- and truly embody-- what we preach and strive for. 

“As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. We commit ourselves to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.”
                                                                                                   -President Spina 

 

 

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