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Racial Climate on Campus: Webinar, TODAY, Marts 214, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

You are invited to attend a Webinar, Racial Climate on Campus: Rapid Response with Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, presented by PaperClip Communications and hosted by the Center for Global Education & Diversity. 

Wednesday, Dec. 9
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Marts 214

Racial Climate on Campus Webinar

    Following the unrest and tensions at the University of Missouri, Yale, and the Claremont schools, there is a call for change rising on campuses across the country. Demonstrations and protests, large and small are happening on campuses across the country. Today’s campus is ripe for a civil conversation on the issue of race relations and the campus environment.

    Many institutions report having seen a loss of a civil community as we have known it to be — and we’ve seen a resurgence of student activism across the country in recent months, leaving administrators wondering how to encourage respectful student engagement. 

    Today, higher education institutions are neither babysitter nor bystander. The challenge then has become to balance the rights and responsibilities of students with the needs of the institution, through clear communication of values; effective conflict resolution processes; and procedures that are accessible, inclusive and integrative. But it’s such a monumental task! 

    How do you prepare your institution for the unrest that is inevitable if we simply state a valuing of diversity, but students, faculty and staff don’t experience it in practice? 

    How do you encourage freedom of speech and congregation on campus, while helping students know that everyone in administration is not the enemy?

    What do you do when students violate policies related to hate and bias on campus? 

    How do you respond swiftly when incidents do occur? What do you do to rebuild trust? To allow controversy with civility? 

    We’re at a crossroads in the area of civility and conduct within higher education. Our expert presenter — Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, the President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and Washington Consulting Group — will provide strategies for engaging in best practices that meet the needs of your diverse student body so you can educate students about what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and adjudicate incidents effectively and fairly.

Participation Outcomes

As a result of this webinar, you will take away:

      A review of some of the racial incidents that have taken place on campuses this past year. What can you do to improve your campus climate for the 2015-2016 academic year and beyond?  Strategies for offering opportunities for intersection among students of different backgrounds on campus — and how you can help majority students on campus understand that diversity is a topic that pertains to everyone.

     Effective tools for educating students on what it means to be a student activist and how they can be engaged citizens on topics of social justice.

      Best practices for adjudicating student conduct cases related to hate and bias incidents. Where does Restorative Justice fit in?

      A framework for response, so you can avoid making broad-sweeping decisions that have negative consequences.