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Institutional Diversity at Providence College


​​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
​Monday, September 12, 4:30 p.m., Moore Hall II
On June 12, 2016, a gunman – Omar Mateen – opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people, and injuring 53, most of whom were Latinx. This was the largest attack on U.S. soil since 9–11. How do we make sense of this tragic event? Dr. Atshan will share his personal experiences and perspective as an LGBTQ rights activist in the Middle East as well as reflect on the Orlando massacre and its global implications, especially as they pertain to the struggle against homophobia, in the U.S. and around the world. This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Global Studies Department, SHEPARD, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.G.Lukianoff.web

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​
Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00 p.m., Moore Hall I

Some of the biggest challenges facing U.S. colleges and universities revolve around sex, gender, and race. These issues have become increasingly prominent over the last two years with campus protests seeking racial justice, the charged political discourse of the 2016 presidential election season, and the 2015 release of the film The Hunting Ground addressing the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Administrative and pedagogical remedies designed to mitigate the impact of these issues have been equally controversial, leading to claims of overprotection, over-reach, and the stifling of free speech and academic freedom. In this context, how do we develop campus cultures that affirm values that are often in tension: community, human dignity, freedom of speech and expression, and the development of intellectual and human capacity? 

Engaging One Another Well
As part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Wednesday, September 28, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Aquinas Lounge
Open to students, staff, and faculty of the Providence College Community
To RSVP, click here

During this dialogue, College community members will deliberate on how to respond to calls for safe and equitable spaces while maintaining freedom of expression, critical engagement, and risk-taking. Participants will examine how best to navigate complex interactions between students, staff, and faculty and identify strategies for responding to difficult moments or situations in ways that promote authentic, restorative, and just communication between members of the College community.

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​Understanding the Impact of Loneliness and Belonging at Work
with Deirdre Snyder, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, Providence College
Thursday, February 11, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Harkins Hall 300

​Participants will learn more about the roots of loneliness and belonging and hear about the research conducted at Providence College that attempts to understand how fluctuations in daily emotions, including loneliness and belonging, as well as the attributions one makes for those emotions, impacts positive and negative behaviors at work.  Snyder seeks to understand why some lonely people reach out to others to be helpful and others withdraw.  Ultimately, understanding these triggers can help organizations create interventions that foster feelings of belonging while also reducing loneliness among employees.  

​Fall 2016

Community Conversation on Strategic Diversity Initiatives
with Rev. Brian J. Shanley O.P.' 80 and Rafael A. Zapata
Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., ’64 Hall (Slavin)

Participants will be invited to reflect on the progress and challenges of fostering an inclusive campus and to envision and discuss the ways they can work, individually and collectively, to help foster inclusive excellence throughout the campus.

The Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education
Shirley Collado, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, Rutgers University
Thursday, September 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Ruane 105

Dr. Shirley Collado leads the implementation of key elements of the Rutgers strategic plan and oversees academic affairs, student affairs and core institutional operations, including academic services, enrollment services, student life, human resources, facilities, information technology, and budget and finance. She continues her research and teaching pursuits at Rutgers University-Newark as a faculty member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with an affiliation in the Department of Psychology. 

The American Dream, Income Inequality, and Pope Francis
a Community Conversation (Difficult Dialogues Initiative)
Tuesday, October 6, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Aquinas Lounge

Dialogue participants are invited to contemplate and discuss the ways in which their perspectives have been shaped by the American Dream. Sponsored by Institutional Diversity and Political Science as part of the American Dream in an Age of Increasing Inequality series.

Civil Society in Latin America
with Guillermo Correa
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00 pm, Ruane 205

Guillermo Correa, the founding executive director of the national platform of NGOs in Argentina, the Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI), is the Global-Scholar-in-Residence for the Global Studies Department this fall. Sponsored by the Center for Engaged Learning, Center for International Studies, Feinstein Institute, Department of Global Studies, Office of Institutional Diversity & Latin American Studies.

Understanding Implicit Stereotypes and their Impact on Inclusion
with Saaid Mendoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Providence College
Tuesday, November 3, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Harkins Hall 300

Dr. Saaid Mendoza will provide an overview of the social psychological mechanisms that contribute to implicit bias and discuss how they impact intergroup evaluations and the sense of inclusion within an academic community.​Dr. Saaid Mendoza will provide an overview of the social psychological mechanisms that contribute to implicit bias and discuss how they impact intergroup evaluations and the sense of inclusion within an academic community.

Wrestling with America’s Racial Heritage
a Community Conversation (Difficult Dialogues Initiative)
Monday, November 9, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, ’64 Hall

Dialogue participants are invited to contemplate and discuss the ways in which America’s racial heritage impacts experiences and relationships within our communities.​

​​​​An Evening with Ava DuVernay **postponed** ​
Writer, Producer, Director, and Distributor of Independent Films​
Monday, November 16, 5:00 pm, ’64 Hall

Nominated for the Academy Award for Be​st Picture, her most recent film, Selma, chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information on Ava DuVernay, visit her website. 

​​Spring 2015 

Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation (April 16)
as part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative
with Charles Camosy, associate professor of Christian Ethics, Fordham University

Author and Scholar, Charles Camosy, joined us for a lecture and conversation on his latest book, Beyond the Abortion Wars: a Way Forward for a New Generation. In this book Camosy argues that our polarized public discourse hides the fact that most Americans actually agree on the major issues at stake in abortion morality and law. Unpacking the complexity of the abortion issue, Camosy showed that placing oneself on either side of the typical polarizations -- pro-life vs. pro-choice, liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican -- only serves to further confuse the debate and limits our ability to have fruitful dialogue. This event was sponsored by the Department of Theology, Office of Institutional Diversity, School of Arts & Sciences, and Department of Political Science. 

Building Community across Differences (March 24)
as part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative

Members of our community gathered to explore this topic through small group and large group conversations in an effort to 1) deepen understanding of the multiple aspects of identity that each of us possess, 2) explore the impact of unexamined assumptions on relationships and community engagement, and 3) consider the ways we can all work to encourage full participation within our community.

From Selma to Ferguson: The Black Freedom Struggle & the Redemption of US Democracy (Feb 10)
Lecture with Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an American author, journalist, and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand. His latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013) presents eighteen key episodes spanning the era, selected and knitted together in language from the trilogy. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Fall 2014 

Segregation Forever: Education & Civil Rights 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education (Sept 4) 
with Dr. Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University 

In this presentation Pedro Noguera analyzed the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government and various advocacy groups. We also explored why issues pertaining to racial segregation and social inequality are no longer considered central to school change initiatives and the implication of allowing these issues to be ignored. 

A Conversation with Richard Rodriguez, author of Darling (Sept 16) 
Darling is a collection of essays in which Rodriguez considers the complete reality of faith-based violence among the three Abrahamic religions of the desert, growing atheism in the West, the role of women in Church and society, sexuality, and other timely topics.​

Los Pleneros de la 21 (Sept 18 - 19)​​
Dance and drumming workshop and main performance from Los Pleneros de la 21. 

Founded in 1983, the group consists of three generations of venerated traditional and professional musicians, incomparable dancers and passionate educators. Los Pleneros de la 21 fuses the "down home" Afro-Puerto Rican traditions with contemporary sound to showcase their versatility and complexities of Latino experience in the United States. ​

To the Mine I Will Not Go (Oct 2)
Freedom and the Abolition of Slavery on the Colombian Black Pacific 1821-1852

As opposed to the United States, where slavery was destroyed in the context of a Civil War, or Haiti, where slavery was exterminated in 1804 to create the world's first black republic, the majority of republican governments in the Americas dealt with the 'problem' of slavery through a process of gradual emancipation by passing Free Womb laws in the aftermath of independence. This presentation examined the social repercussions of this Law of the Free Womb in the Republic of New Granada (modern-day Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador), established in 1821, specifically focusing on the Pacific Coastal province of Chocó, once the gold-mining center of the former Spanish empire. Apart from showing how this law attempted to monopolize the meaning and path to freedom as a state project, and served as a ‘national compromise’ between white, republican elites and the substantial enslaved and black underclasses, this presentation offered a more complicated narrative of emancipation and the trials and tribulations faced by the last generation of enslaved peoples in northern South America.

Cultivating Community through Dialogue (Oct 29)
as part of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative

What are the shared values that hold us together as a campus community? How will we work collaboratively to foster belonging within our community? How can we leverage dialogue across differences to cultivate authenticity, belonging, and community? Members of the Providence College community explored these questions through small group and large group conversations.