Winter Term Diversity Events

Monday, December 14, 2015 – Monday, February 22, 2016
Portraits of Hope
Gallery hours are Mondays & Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; other times as available
Isabella Cannon Room, Performing Arts Center
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Every day across Alamance County, men, women and children face the daily challenges of making ends meet: paying heating bills, feeding children, finding work, and maintaining a safe place to live. For the first time, many of these families share their stories and images in an exhibit that brings to life the systemic obstacles and shared successes of the many people living with the help of public assistance in our local community. Produced in collaboration with aid recipients, Allied Churches, and Elon’s Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies (PERCS), this exhibit will challenge audiences to look beyond media stereotypes and consider the individual people behind the statistics. The exhibit is part of a larger project begun in 2011 that brings together Elon faculty and students, aid providers and aid recipients to tackle the perceptions of welfare and poverty in the US today.

Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 22
We Won’t Wait: Inclusive Community Conversations for first-year students
Morning and afternoon sessions daily
Moseley 215

As Elon students, you have many opportunities to engage with individuals and communities with values and customs both similar to and different than your own. These experiences will happen not only in your daily interactions in class, on campus and in the residence halls, but also in the experiences in which you choose to participate. These sessions will help you increase your knowledge, skills, and intercultural competence by exploring the identities of yourself and others, hearing the experiences of people who may not share your identities, teaching you skills to respond to incidents of bias and to act with confidence in difficult situations, and providing you with resources and information you need to report acts of bias and further learning and involvement opportunities. Sponsored by Inclusive Community Well-Being, CREDE, Gender & LGBTQIA Center, Center for Access & Success, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Kernodle Center, and Residence Life.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter #FaithLoveJustice: What's the Bible say about justice?
5:30 p.m. in the McBride Room, Numen Lumen Pavilion
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Join us for a series of student-facilitated dinner conversations on Race, Racism, and Religion, paying particular attention to Jewish and Christian texts that challenge us on social justice, privilege, and racism. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
wInterfaith Lunch Series - Friends (Quaker)
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
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Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This January, we will learn about the Friends (Quaker), Buddhism, and Sikh traditions and faiths. Lunch is free for Elon students; for all other participants, the cost of lunch is $7.00. Co-sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Elon Community Church.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
CATL Panel Discussion - The Difference that Difference Makes in Teaching and Learning (for faculty/staff only)
12:00-1:15 p.m. in Belk Pavilion 208

In this Winter-Term themed panel discussion, Elon faculty from a variety of disciplines--including Naeemah Clark (Communications), Tom Mould (Anthropology and Sociology), and Casey DiRienzo (Economics)--will discuss moments of insight – moments, that is, when they became aware of the difference that difference makes in their teaching, and in the learning that can result, for our students and ourselves. The panel discussion will focus on strategies the panelists used to address challenges to creating inclusive classrooms, as well as ways they work to continue their own and their students’ learning and growth about people who are different from ourselves/themselves. To sign up to attend the panel discussion, please use the registration form. Lunch is provided for those who register.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
MLK Commemorative Keynote Address: Melissa Harris Perry
6:00 p.m. in McCrary Theatre
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In addition to hosting her program on MSNBC, Harris-Perry is presidential chair and professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University. Her academic research and published work investigate persistent, harmful stereotypes in contemporary society that hinder African-American men and women in asserting their rights in political, economic and social arenas. Harris-Perry is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project, which supports a multi-faceted mission to move beyond the black/white paradigm in the study of race specifically at the intersections of gender, class, sexuality and region. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available Wednesday, December 9 at the Box Office.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Religion and Social Justice
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Numen Lumen Pavilion
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What does religion have to add to our march to freedom? What do the three Abrahamic faiths have to say about social Justice? Join us for a discussion on what Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have to teach about social justice.  A community leader from each of the religions will lead us in a conversation on how their faith informs their commitment to social justice.  There will be time for questions, and snacks will be served. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Oaks Neighborhood Book Club
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Oaks Club Room
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The Oaks Neighborhood will be offering a book club, open to 15 students. The book (TBD) will have overarching elements that inspire perspective-widening and socially critical thought. Books will be distributed before the Winter Break. For residents of the Oaks Neighborhood. Sponsored by Residence Life.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Using Inclusive Leadership within your Organizations
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Belk Pavilion 208
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Simply having diverse group members in your organization is not enough. Successful student organizations have learned how to utilize their members’ diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to create a unified and inclusive group. As a leader, you must be prepared to not only work with your members, but ensure that all unique individuals can work together towards a common purpose, despite differences in opinions and thought. This workshop aims to help student leaders develop a deeper understanding of cultural differences as it applies to successfully leading individuals, groups, and organizations. Sponsored by the Center for Leadership.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
SAMP Diversity Book Club (The Other Wes Moore)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Station at Mill Point Depot
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We will be reading and discussing the book The Other Wes Moore.  The story chronicles two men's stories and discusses many important issues like race, poverty, education, and family.  Participants will receive a free copy of the book along with free dinner at all 3 book club discussions. (Dates and times are estimates, and may changed depending on the availability of students.) Intended for residents of the Station at Mill Point. Sponsored by Residence Life.

Friday, January 8, 2016
J Mase III - "It Is My Duty to Spit: Using Poetry for Social Justice"
7:30 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium
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When creatively organized, social justice movements are capable of shifting a cultural narrative. J Mase III is a Black/Trans/Queer educator/activist who has rocked venues from London to San Francisco with performance poetry. He has worked with thousands of community members and service providers on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults. A blogger for the Huffington Post, he is also the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around, as well as And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inappropriate Jokes About Death. Sponsored by Cultural & Special Programs, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center, and the Office of the Provost.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Intercultural Competence in the Workplace
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Oaks 212
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A global study conducted by the British Council, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Ipsos Public Affairs found that "employers value intercultural skills as highly as formal qualifications in the workplace." In this workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of what "intercultural competency" is and the importance and value of these skills in professional settings. Sponsored by the Student Professional Development Center.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Arthur Chu presents “Your Princess is in Another Castle: Harassment & Bullying in Gaming Culture & Digital Media”
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Lakeside Meeting Rooms
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Jeopardy champion-turned cultural critic and columnist, Arthur Chu provides a historical understanding of where harassing behavior comes from and why it seems “baked in” to digital communities. He illuminates the sexism and racism that fuel much of online bullying and often lead to real physical and emotional harm. He provides actionable strategies to encourage the best of online discourse and put a stop to the toxic kind. Sponsored by the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture Fund through the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program; the Gender and LGBTQIA Center; the Office of the Associate Provost for Inclusive Community.

Monday, January 11, 2016
Social Action in Historic Neighborhood
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in McKinnon Hall
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Residents of Historic Neighborhood will get the opportunity to discuss social action in small groups over dinner provided by the Historic Neighborhood Association. Participants will discuss recent events, social climate change, and how to promote an inclusive community within their individual residence hall communities. Intended audience is first-year students in the Historic Neighborhood. Sponsored by the Historic Neighborhood Association and Residence Life.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Fan the flame of college dreams: Give back to the local community through the Elon Academy
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AND 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Belk Pavilion 208
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Interested in an on-campus job that allows you to work and serve your community? Join us to learn more about the Elon Academy and a variety of paid opportunities to mentor local high school students on their journey to college. Opportunities are available for the summer and academic year. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Elon Academy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Winter Term Teach-in & Reception
Conversations: 5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.; Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  University classrooms; reception in McKinnon Hall
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Twelve faculty will present various topics in a 55 minute session. Students will be asked to read a brief article on the topic prior to the session they choose. The reception will be an informal intellectual exchange where participants can share their thoughts about the different sessions they attended during the teach-in. Sessions include:

  • Larry Basirico - The Social Construction of Race and Gender: Does it Matter?
  • Ann Cahill - Bodies, Power, and Gender
  • Jessica Carew - Making Sense of Identity: Group Consciousness and Pathways to Sociopolitical Action
  • Rodney Clare - Diverse diversity in American diplomacy?
  • Peter Felten -  Lessons from Deaf-Gain: Rethinking Education and Diversity
  • Maurice Levesque - Do you think too much or not enough?  The effects of implicit, automatic processes on first impressions
  • Tom Mould - The Confederate Flag and the Invention of Tradition
  • Tim Peeples - From and Through Difference: Ancient Rhetoric, Design Thinking, and Wicked Problems
  • Toddie Peters - Disrupting White Supremacy
  • Kirstin Ringelberg - Why You Do What You Do (Or, how you learned to stop worrying and love your oppression)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter #FaithLoveJustice: Engaging Privilege with Faith and Love
5:30 p.m. in the McBride Room, Numen Lumen Pavilion
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Join us for a series of student-facilitated dinner conversations on Race, Racism, and Religion, paying particular attention to Jewish and Christian texts that challenge us on social justice, privilege, and racism. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
wInterfaith Lunch Series - Buddhism
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
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Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This January, we will learn about the Friends (Quaker), Buddhism, and Sikh traditions and faiths. Lunch is free for Elon students; for all other participants, the cost of lunch is $7.00. Co-sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Elon Community Church.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
LEAD Program Tier I Identity Mini-Retreat
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Belk Pavilion 208
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The Identity Mini-Retreat allows for the opportunity to engage in dialogue, reflection, and training in hopes to help you understand yourself and gain an insight into your privilege/oppression, prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes. Contact the Center for Leadership to register.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
LGBTQIA Ally Training (for students)
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Moseley 128D
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This 2-hour training includes the latest identity terminology, LGBTQIA history, homophobia, heterosexism, ally tips, real-life scenarios, and current events. Sponsored by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Religion and Social Justice
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Numen Lumen Pavilion
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What does religion have to add to our march to freedom? What do the three Abrahamic faiths have to say about social Justice? Join us for a discussion on what Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have to teach about social justice.  A community leader from each of the religions will lead us in a conversation on how their faith informs their commitment to social justice.  There will be time for questions, and snacks will be served. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Community Connection: Re-envisioning Welfare in Alamance County
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. at Paramount Theater (128 East Front Street, downtown Burlington)
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As the 2016 Presidential election nears, the issue of welfare once again has garnered national attention. Yet for the thousands of people in Alamance County, and millions around the country who rely on some form of public assistance to make ends meet, the issue of welfare is always a hot button issue. Join us for a lively conversation about the realities of living with the help of public assistance and the importance of re-envisioning welfare in our local and national communities. Sponsored by Elon University and the Burlington Times-News.

Monday, January 18, 2016
The Game of Life
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Daniel Commons, Classrooms 116 and 117
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This is a role play activity designed to introduce students to a power class system with various examples of inequality and -isms being enacted and explored. The goal of the session is to educate students about the need for social justice and what many every day injustices and micro-aggressions look like and how they occur without response. Sponsored by Residence Life and the Danieley Neighborhood Association.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
#BlackLivesMatter #FaithLoveJustice: Why We Can't Wait NOW, or applying Dr. King to today
5:30 p.m. in the McBride Room, Numen Lumen Pavilion
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Join us for a series of student-facilitated dinner conversations on Race, Racism, and Religion, paying particular attention to Jewish and Christian texts that challenge us on social justice, privilege, and racism. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Community Connections: Race Relations Part 3
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. in McKinnon Hall
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Community Connections forums take on a lively format. They consist in large part of a well-informed panel having an open conversation with audience members. The goal of Community Connections forums is to create thoughtful dialog with members of the university community as well as those who in live in Alamance County and the surrounding area. This is the third installment in a four part series focused on Race Relations in the United States. Sponsored by Project Pericles, the Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow, and the Burlington Times News.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
wInterfaith Lunch Series - Sikh
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in the Community Life Center, Elon Community Church
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Each Wednesday in Winter Term, we invite members of a faith community to share about what they believe during a community lunch. This January, we will learn about the Friends (Quaker), Buddhism, and Sikh traditions and faiths. Lunch is free for Elon students; for all other participants, the cost of lunch is $7.00. Co-sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Elon Community Church.