Continue the conversation begun with the Sedehi Diversity Project by Digging Deeper this semester.

These events are open to all!


Digging Deeper: Comfort in Discomfort
Friday September 8, 2-4 pm
GQ Annex
A Common Hour program open to all, this progressive series expands upon themes from the Sedehi Diversity Project (SDP). Participants should expect to explore the ways in which themes from the SDP resonated with or challenged/surprised them and consider possibilities for action. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life and the Office of Community Engagement.

Digging Deeper: Power & Privilege
Friday October 13, 2-4 pm
TBA
Like the “Comfort in Discomfort” program above, this Digging Deeper conversation is a Common Hour program open to all that expands upon themes from the Sedehi Diversity Project. Participants will contemplate aspects of our identities that complicate our relationships with others and connect to our broader context. You don’t have to have attended the early Digging Deeper program to come to this! Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life and the Office of Community Engagement.

Digging Deeper: Identifying the Structures
Friday October 27, 2-4 pm
GQ Annex
Like the “Comfort in Discomfort” and “Power & Privilege” programs above, this Digging Deeper conversation is open to all and expands upon themes from the Sedehi Diversity Project. Participants will consider the ways in which broader structures impact who we are, where we've come from and our lived experiences. You don’t have to have attended the early Digging Deeper programs to come to this! Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life and the Office of Community Engagement.

Intergroup Dialogue: A Fall Course for First-Year Students
You can still sign-up for this 0.5 credit course for the Fall 2016 semester! Students will engage in facilitated dialogues about social identity with other students whose identities differ from their own. Participants will read, view, and discuss scholarly and artistic material about social difference, give voice to their own experiences, and listen to and learn from the views of others. The course meets on Monday evening from 6:30-9:00 pm, and the first meeting is not until the second week of the semester. To sign up, contact your academic advisor and tell them you want to add IGD 280: Special Topics: Intergroup Dialogue to your fall course schedule.


How else can you continue to be involved?

Student Clubs affiliated with the Multicultural Center
Check out these great groups here!

Student Clubs affiliated with the Office of Community Engagement
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Student Clubs & Communities affiliated with Religious Life at the College
Check out these great groups here!

Become a Doing Groundwork Facilitator
Doing Groundwork facilitators are a small cohort of students, faculty and staff who work toward a campus community that embraces difference and the unique experiences that everyone inherently possesses. During a two-day, overnight retreat and training weekend, participants will engage in dialogue centered on topics of diversity and inclusion. Upon completion of the training, facilitators will design and facilitate workshops and presentations that can be requested by faculty, staff, and student groups. If you’re interested in being a part of our 2016-17 facilitator cohort, please fill out an application here!
Questions? Contact Mark Smiley, Assistant Director of Multicultural Life!

Diversity Education & Social Justice Strategy Sessions
The Office of Multicultural Life is charged with enriching the campus community’s understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity. We achieve this mission through a blend of programmatic offerings, including customized workshops and trainings designed to meet constituent’s interests and needs. Our staff offers sessions and development opportunities to student organizations, college departments/units, and community organizations on a wide range of topics. If you would like to invite our staff to provide a presentation, workshop, or strategy session, please fill out the following online form.
Questions? Contact Mark Smiley, Assistant Director of Multicultural Life!

Grassroots Organizing Workshops (GROW) Program
Nonviolent direct action and community organizing are often mechanisms that help to create change within and without oppressive systems. The Office of Multicultural Life is pleased to offer workshops based on the fundamentals of community organizing through the GROW Program. The Goal of GROW is to create a culture of organizing as a way to build grassroots power within the College community and create change.  It achieves this through student and employee-led interactive workshops and strategy sessions with an emphasis on moving theory into practice. Workshop topics vary from specific skill building such as reaching your base and increasing turnout, to practicing tactics and strategies (accountability session simulation). If you would like to invite a facilitator to lead a GROW for your organization, class, or department, please fill out this online request.
Questions? Contact Mark Smiley, Assistant Director of Multicultural Life!

Alliances For Justice: Active Leadership Retreat
Thursday January 12 – Saturday January 14, 2017
This retreat will be held off campus. Transportation, meals and lodging are provided.
Many people do not feel prepared to discuss personal identity, biases, stereotypes and other controversial topics that come up in conversations across, among and about communities of difference. So they avoid the conversations. The Alliances for Justice: Active Leadership (AJAL) Retreat is a collaborative campus program to help students feel more at ease negotiating these complex conversations and interpersonal situations. To this end, AJAL is designed to work with students to create a space for participants to explore their own identities, points of intersection and possibilities for shared action to contribute to positive community change on campus and beyond.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life, the Office of Community Engagement and Intergroup Dialogue.
To learn how to be involved, contact the campus facilitators at AJAL@muhlenberg.edu.

Read up on the issues!
Check out these three short Understanding Diversity readings provided by the Sedehi Diversity Project, to get up-to-speed on the basics of allyship, power, privilege and identity. The readings are password-protected, to be used only by the Muhlenberg community. To get the password, email Troy Dwyer, Faculty Director of the Sedehi Diversity Project, at dwyer@muhlenberg.edu.


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