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All Diversity/Identity Groups Priorities Meeting

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From Dwight Greene Intern Kate “Salty” Cullen ’16:

Are you involved in any sort of diversity or identity group on campus? Then yes, this event is for you. It feels like we have the same goals but just don’t talk to each other, huh? Seems that if we came together to coordinate our efforts on campus we could do better work, right?

Join your fellow activists in a dialogue to identify shared goals and determine ways to collaborate throughout the year.

This event is going to be big. Delicious dessert will be served and brilliant brainstorming will happen. Don’t be the one stakeholder group on campus that misses out.  Fill out this quick Google Form right now to sign up.

Brought to you by Kate Cullen ’16, Dwight Greene Intern for Diversity and Community Engagement. Inquire at saltemuscull(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with questions.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 7:30pm-9pm
Place: DFC
Form: Fill it out HERE!

Social Justice Leadership Conference Session Proposals

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From the Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) Office:

You are invited to be a part of the 6th Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference. The mission of The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

A key part of the SJLC are the breakout sessions, where students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest, expertise, or passion. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change. To view past conference sessions click HERE. SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

This year’s conference theme is Access, Equity, and Inclusion and will be held on Saturday, October 26th. We encourage you to submit a session proposal and to be part of this amazing day! Session proposals are being accepted until Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4pm. Click HERE for the link to submit a proposal.

Deadline: Friday, September 27th at 4pm
Link: Submit you proposals HERE

Reflections on “Diversity University” Forum, Round Two

Image c/o Shannon Welch ’14 and the Wesleyan Argus.

On Wednesday night, students, faculty, and staff gathered in Tischler Hall of the Exley Science Center for the second Diversity University forum of the year. This program, entitled “Diversity University: In the Classroom and Beyond,” was a follow-up to last semester’s forum, “In Theory and In Practice.”

From the very start, it was clear that the atmosphere of this forum was very different from the first one. Not only were there fewer people in attendance, the emotional level, though high, was distinctly more subdued. Clearly this time of year is particularly busy for Wesleyan students, and I can only imagine that that was a major factor in keeping the numbers down. But there was also not the same feeling of urgency, the immediate need for such a gathering—which, all in all, is probably a good thing.

Last fall’s forum was organized in the wake of a series of upsetting incidents of attacks on students, and subsequent issues of racism, targeting, and exclusion that arose from conversations, Public Safety reports, and WesACB threads. In Wednesday’s forum, while there was an expression of similar concerns and issues of diversity, but there was not the same shocking outpouring of powerful emotion.

Diversity University: In the Classroom and Beyond

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As many of us recall from the November Diversity University: In Theory and Practice forum (full video can be found here), issues and questions regarding diversity and inclusion at Wesleyan have been very prominent this year. WSA President Zach Malter ’13 would like members of the Wesleyan community to come together once again to talk about the progress that has been made since last semester’s forum, and what more has to be done in order for Wesleyan to live up to its “Diversity University” title, specifically as it relates to the classroom experience. In his own words:

The follow-up to last semester’s Diversity University: In Theory and In Practice, this panel will allow students to engage with prominent faculty members and administrators on the most pressing campus climate issues. The focus will be on issues of diversity as they relate to the classroom experience, but the conversation will by no means be limited to that.

The event will take place this Wednesday at 7PM in Exley 150. The moderator will be Professor Lisa Dierker, and the confirmed moderators are:

Question from COCO: How Can We Strengthen our Community?

COCo Wants Suggestions!

A note from the great Syed Ali ’13:

COCO, officially the Community Outreach Committee of the WSA, wants your help.  As a member of the Wesleyan community, you’ve inevitably spent some time thinking about it.  What does membership in the Wesleyan community mean?  How can can our cohesiveness as a community be strengthened?

We spend a lot of time thinking about such questions on COCO.  These are the questions that we fall asleep wondering about, the questions we’re poking at when we trail off mid-sentence, the questions that keep us from hanging out with you all of the time.  The six people on the core COCO committee, can’t do it alone.  Neither can the two dozen total involved on COCO subcommittees.

We cover student groups, diversity and inclusion, spirit and events, and relations with Middletown.  We want to know what you think.

All the best,
Syed Ali ’13

P.S.  Want to know more about what we’ve done already? Check out our committee reports.

Contact: wsacoco(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

“Ivy-League Whorehouse” Round-Up: VC vs. WBC Match Feb. 28

VC vs. WBC - Championship Match Feb. 28In case you missed it, Wesleyan has missed yet another opportunity for ranking and recognition.  We might not care about U.S. News or The Princeton Review or The Huffington Post, but this one hurts.  Westboro Baptist Church skipped over ole Wesleyan to select Vassar College as its “Ivy League Whorehouse” (despite the fact that Vassar is not, in fact, a member of the Ivy League), and Vassar students are taking the honor with pride.

In a press release and their schedule, Westboro attacks not just Vassar but the whole of American academia.  They hone in on Vassar’s especially inclusive culture:

WBC will picket Vassar College to warn the students,  faculty, and alumni that the satanic policies of this nation, especially those of the colleges and universities, are causing God to pour His wrath out upon this nation. Doomed american academics fancy themselves to be smarter than God. They promote the fag agenda with all their might and mock the word of God and His messengers at every turn. Let’s see how that works out for them on the Judgment Day!

God Hates Vassar College for following the satanic Zeitgeist by professing the soul-damning lie that it is “OK to be gay.” That is what the men of Sodom and Gomorrah professed and we see how well that worked out for them. WBC will kindly warn everyone affiliated with Vassar College that the Lord that destroyed those ancient cities on the plain yet reigns. Repent or Perish!

How did Vassar students react? Since our friends over at Mads Vassar are no longer with us, let’s take our own look. 

Exclusion and Consequences: A Two-Part Series

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Evan Okun ’13, Chantaneice Kitt ’13, Manny Rivera ’14, and Mckenzii Webster ’13 bring you a super awesome two-part series on diversity and inclusion:

Join us on Friday, January 25th for the screening of “Color Outside The Lines”, a documentary film by artist Miya Bailey and Director Artemus Jenkins. This film looks to provide a deep look into the history, culture, and lives of the world’s top black tattoo artists. From Atlanta to Amsterdam, the film in an important document of stories that will surprise, entertain, and educate. There will be a Q&A with Director Artemus Jenkins and featured artist Made Rich of Think Before You Ink Studios. Free dinner provided.

Date: Friday, January 25th
Time: 6pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons
Cost: Zero moneyzzz (plus FREE dinner)
Facebook: Hurrrr

Read about the awesome/crazy/coolio Part II of this event after the jump.

“Diversity University” Forum: Complete Video Is Online, Worth Watching

It’s long. You should watch it anyway.

Following public comments by President Roth and the WSA, the discussion surrounding Monday night’s forum on race and diversity continues around campus—in online comments, in blog posts, but most of all in personal conversations I’ve overheard (or took part in) over the past few days.

If you missed the forum and still aren’t sure what all of the talk is about, Ben Doernberg ’13 (who livestreamed the event on Monday) has taken the liberty of consolidating his footage into one master YouTube video. It’s long (the forum began at 7:30 and continued well past 10 pm), and the video quality isn’t ideal, but you should easily be able to make out what’s being said. And you should watch it, too. Three hours is daunting, so split it into segments. Let the audio play while you’re doing work. Listen to it on your iPhone while running. But listen.

As one of the students on the panel remarks about thirty minutes in, “These are discussions that we must have, and not discussions that are silenced.”

Beckham Hall Ruptures and Collapses From Weight of Released Emotion

Video from the event is here.

Last night, hundreds (by my count, 400+) students, faculty, and staff piled into Beckham Hall for what became an over-three-hour long panel/discussion on issues of diversity and community at Wesleyan. By the end, as the clock approached 11:00 PM, there were still at least 200 attendees remaining. By all accounts, the forum was an immensely powerful and public out-letting of emotion and outrage at our community’s collective failings to address intense ruptures in Wesleyan’s identity as “Diversity University.”

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sonia Manjon moderated the discussion, leading a panel that included President Michael Roth ’78, Director of Public Safety Dave Meyer, students Jalen Alexander ’14, Dorisol Inoa ’13, Chantaneice Kitt ’13, and Evan Okun ’13, Professor Alex Dupuy and Professor Elizabeth McAlister. The original intent of the forum was to address diversity in light of recent events, most notably hateful and racist comments on the ACB after Homecoming Weekend, the use of race in Public Safety reports, and allegations of unnecessary use of force by Public Safety, but the conversation touched on many, many more areas of community dysfunction.

There were a few things that were made amply clear to everybody last night, if they weren’t clear already:

Video: Forum About Race and Inclusion

In five minutes in Beckham Hall, President Roth will be participating in a panel discussion on race and inclusion. The discussion will be moderated by diversity officer Sonia Manjon and will feature various student, faculty, and Public Safety representatives. As Roth wrote a few days ago,

I hope there will be a good turnout so that we can have a frank conversation about how we can create a campus climate in which all are treated with respect. More than that, we want a campus that builds on acceptance, creating bonds of affectionate solidarity.

Can’t make it? Watch it from your bed. The panel is being livestreamed by social media journalist Ben Doernberg ’13 on U-Stream, as well as by the University at this link. For more, read this post. [Edit: more video after the jump.]