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​​​​​​​​​​Spring 2017

​​​Power of Questions: Inquiry with Impact (staff/faculty workshop) 
Part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative ​
Facilitated by Essential Partners 
Wednesday, January 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.​ 

​​​​Facilitating Constructive Conversations (student workshop) 
Part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative 
Facilitated by Essential Partners 
Thursday, January 12 - Friday, January 13, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.​ 

A small group Bible study on faith, justice, and transforming enemies into friends​ 
Small groups will meet ​at dates, times, and locations conducive to the participants throughout the spring semester.
​Contact Tierra Marshall at x2889 or Bob Pfunder at x1770 for questions or click he​r​e to RSVP.​ 

Why are Good People Divided by Politics and Religion? 
A lunch reading group on The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion​ by Jonathan Haidt. 
Thursday, February 16, Tuesday, February 21, and Tuesday, February 28, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
RSVP to by Friday, February 3 to receive a copy of the book.​​

Six Views on Catholic & Dominican Identity and Contemporary Approaches to Diversity 
Part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative 
Wednesday, February 15, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
RSVP to 

Understanding the Basics of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) 
Part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative 
with T​heresa Latini, Ph.D., associate dean of diversity and cultural competency and associate professor of practical theology and pastoral care, Western Theological Seminary 
Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

​Inclusive Excellence Teach-in 
Part of the Inclusive Excellence Initiative 
with Tia Brown McNair, Ph.D., vice president of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) 
Wednesday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Fall 2016

Teaching Orlando: Homophobia and Islamophobia in Post-Orlando America with Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Free Speech, and Academic Freedom​ with Greg Lukianoff​, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Moderated by Anthony Rodriguez, assistant professor of Elementary and Special Education.​

Engaging One Another Well (part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative)​

Faithful Citizenship Amidst Polarized Politics with Julie Hanlon Rubio, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Ethics, St. Louis University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Spring 2016

​Understanding the Impact of Loneliness and Belonging at Work with Deirdre Snyder, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, Providence College​

Fall 2015

Community Conversation on Strategic Diversity Initiatives with Rev. Brian J. Shanley O.P.' 80 and Rafael A. Zapata

The Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education with Shirley Collado, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, Rutgers University

The American Dream, Income Inequality, and Pope Francis: A Community Conversation (part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative)

Civil Society in Latin America with Guillermo Correa, the founding executive director of the national platform of NGOs in Argentina and the Argentine Ne​twork for International Cooperation (RACI)

Understanding Implicit Stereotypes and their Impact on Inclusion with Saaid Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Providence College

Wrestling with America’s Racial Heritage: A Community Conversation (part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative)​

​​Spring 2015 

Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation (part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative) with Charles Camosy, associate professor of Christian Ethics, Fordham University

Building Community Across Differences (part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative)

From Selma to Ferguson: The Black Freedom Struggle & the Redemption of US Democracy, lecture with Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch​​