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Worker’s Day Picnic! (At Lunch! [Today!])

Alma Super-Eccentric ’14 is just that cool:

Come join workers at Wesleyan, WesDEF, and  USLAC for the Worker’s Day Picnic!
12pm on the Lawn by 200 Church.

Come and meet our campus workers and enjoy a meal with them. We will also have a facilitated conversation where our fellow students and workers will share their stories. Feel free to bring your friends and food.

Date: Today, May 3
Time: Noon (90 minutes!)
Place: 200 Church
Cost: Nope.

CRITICAL UPDATE: Wesleying has just learned via SMS that the lunch will be provided by Iguanas Ranas. Awwwwwwww snap.

Open Community Facilitation Workshops Info Session

From Dan Ping He ’13:

Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators (WesDEFs) are excited to launch a weekly series of workshops on facilitation skills! Come to our info-session this week. Oreos (and maybe other snacks …) will be provided.

Use facilitation skills in your student groups, classroom discussions, or interpersonal interactions! Potential topics that will be covered are: establishing community guidelines, active listening and questioning, workshop design, and social justice dialogues. We are also seeking suggestions from other students.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Usdan 110
Cost: Free!

WesDEF Presents: What is the “Wesleyan Experience

Carey Gilchrist ’13 writes in:

After President Roth’s announcement about budget allocations, there has been a lot of talk about which aspects of our school should/can be cut and which aspects are essential to maintain the integrity of the “Wesleyan Experience.” This will be a neutral space to deeply explore difficult and personal questions about what the “Wesleyan Experience” means to us.

Everyone is welcome and snacks will be provided!

 Date: Sunday, November 18th
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Place: Room 114, 41 Wyllys
Face: bookSnacks: yes!

Become a Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitator!

From the WesDEFs:

What we do: We are community facilitators and educators who lead facilitations on social justice issues in selected first-year residential halls and and in the greater campus community.

The purpose of WesDEF workshops is not to provide answers but to elicit questions and to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to aid personal exploration and further social awareness. The WesDEF program aims to act as a resource for the Wesleyan community, developing space for social justice work, dialogue, and understanding.


Date:   April 7
Time:   6:30 PM
Place:  Usdan 108

UPDATED. Note that the meeting is occurring in Usdan 108, not 110.  Also, visit WesDEF on the web here.

WesDEF is Back.

From Veronika Vackova ’12:

WesDEF (Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitators) are back! We are a student group that facilitates discussion about diversity on our campus, in Middletown community and beyond. If you are a student group, a program house or a student thinking of holding a discussion and would like to collaborate or would want trained student facilitators to be there just in case, let us know! Some examples of the topics we concentrate on are: racism, classism, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ableism, ageism and others. Contact us for more information: Veronika Vackova ’12, vvackova(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Difficult Dialogues meeting

From Kara Ingraham ’11:

Wesleyan University = Diversity University….right?

Diversity comes in many shapes and forms: the way we look, the way we think, our beliefs, our economic backgrounds…and much much more.

Do you feel Wesleyan has made an honest attempt at diversifying the student population? How accepting are Wesleyan students of different ideas? …really. Does creating diversity ensure that the differences are respected or effectively shared?

These questions and more will be addressed in the first informal discussion in a series of “Difficult Dialogues” the Dwight Greene ’70 Internship & WesDEF will sponsor this year. Facebook event.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 103

WesDEF application deadline extended

WesDEF, the Wesleyan Diversity Education Facilitation Program, has extended its application deadline to Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:00 PM!

We are a student group that leads anti-oppression conversation workshops in first-year dorms. WesDEFs train throughout the year for their roles as community facilitators and educators. We are looking for facilitators to join the group for the spring semester.

For an application or for more info, email thewesdefs@gmail.

[Via Emily Avener ’09.]