Unity & Inclusion Week

Event date

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to Friday, October 20, 2017 - 11:00am


Various Locations on Campus

graphic with text: Unity & Inclusion Week, October 16-20, 2017October 16

Hate Crimes Seminar
“Hate Crimes: Origins and Meanings in the Era of Political Divide”

Dr. Phyllis Gerstenfeld
South Dining
2 p.m.

This seminar will provide a brief summary of what hate crimes are, how they differ from other acts and the rationales behind the enactment of hate crime legislation. We'll explore the things we know about hate crimes and talk about the many things we don't know. We'll also discuss the future of hate crimes in our divided society.

October 17

Free Speech Educational Presentation
Dr. Shannon Stevens
Carol Burke Lounge
4 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m.

Sometimes we want to scream — and shout! Tell the world what it’s all about!! But should we? Can we? During this session, we will explore the First Amendment to the United States Constitution — its beauty and elegance as well as its sometimes-troubling outcomes. After an overview of key concepts — such as the free marketplace of ideas, prior restraint, duty to obey and speech plus (symbolic speech) — Dr. Stevens will guide a discussion of current events through which difficult issues, including hate speech, pornography, the Communications Decency Act (Section 230) and national security, will be explored. Ultimately, attendees should leave with a better understanding of the role of journalism in democracy as well as some strategies for exercising their First Amendment rights.

October 18

A Powerful Voice Without Words
Peace Pole
Noon – 2 p.m.

Similar to the unveiling of the Peace Pole a few months ago, students, faculty and staff are invited to the Peace Pole in the Quad to share the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various languages. There will be 5 minutes of silence (“peace”), on the grass in the Quad, holding hands, in the shape of a circle. One can have a powerful voice without words.

October 19

How to Turn Shouting Matches into Conversations
Dr. Aletha Harven, Dr. Dana Nakano and Dr. Xamuel Banales
Carol Burke Lounge
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

A group workshop for campus leaders and a follow-up presentation for students, faculty and staff outlining some strategies for handling aggressive, intrusive, belligerent or disrespectful discourse and turning it toward productive discussion of sensitive, controversial issues. This will feature strategies to moderate reactive discourse in order to mitigate harm, reduce the prospect of violence and promote healthy outcomes for the diverse members of our community.

October 20

Courageous Conversations
Amanda King, KWIN
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
​Carol Burke Lounge

Contrary to the old nursery rhyme, words do hurt. Free speech is only one area of activism. What are the others? How do you engage in difficult conversations? What is the role of media personalities to fundamentally challenge how, where and when to catalyze actions?


Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact Disability Resource Services or call (209) 667-3159.