Fall 2016 SEED Dialogues
IMPORTANT: To participate, students must be an undergraduate and commit to attending ALL of the weekly sessions for the dialogue they want to participate in. Students may only participate in one dialogue.
- For the Hyphenated American: A Dialogue on Multiethnic, Multiracial and National Identity
- Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm
- September 27, October 4, 18, 25, and November 1 and 8
- What does it mean to be American? What different influences have shaped your identity as an American? Now, what does that mean with a multiethnic or “hyphenated” identity? This six week SEED dialogue will be a space to discuss identity construction, identities that exist outside of the racial and ethnic “norm” in the United States, and to share personal experiences about the sometimes rigid social groups of the United States and how we feel that rigidity shifting (or not) as the world grows more connected.
- The Colorless Rainbow: A Dialogue on Race and the LGBTQ+ Community
- Tuesdays, 5:30-7 pm
- October 18 and 25
- It is a common belief that the LGBTQ+ community is a homogeneous (no pun intended) group connected solely by a singular LGBTQ+ identity. However, this belief dilutes the nuances, including race, within the diverse LGBTQ+ community. In this two-time SEED Dialogue, we will explore and discuss the ways in which race complicates one's LGBTQ+ identity and how this intersection affects how one is treated within these spaces.
- Say What? A Dialogue on Effective Allyship and Speaking Up
- Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
- September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3
- What does it mean to be an effective ally? Have you ever been in a situation where you witnessed something racist, transphobic, sexist, ableist, etc. and you felt uncomfortable or scared about speaking up - especially if you were not a member of that community? Are you sometimes worried or unsure of how to address injustices or microagressions in your daily life? This six week SEED dialogue will be an open space for students to share personal stories, thoughts and concerns about what it means to be an effective ally, and offer an insightful reflection on upacking allyship as a set of actions we can work towards. This dialogue will include topics like performative allyship, privilege, and social media activism.
Sign Up Process:
- Complete and submit the online form by 8 am, Thursday, September 22.
- Each dialogue is limited to 8 – 16 undergraduate students. We use a sign up process to make sure the group size is conducive to meaningful dialogue. Because of the limit on group size, this sign up is a request, not a guarantee that you have a spot in the dialogue. We will notify you on the status of your request when we close the sign up process. If you sign up and do not get to participate in the current dialogue opportunities, we will notify you of dialogues scheduled for the next semester, and we hope you will consider signing up again!
- A dialogue works best when it is representative of the community, with participants who bring a range of viewpoints, backgrounds and identities. We will be reviewing applications with the goal of assembling a diverse group.
- We recommend that you reserve the dialogue meeting times on your calendar at the time you sign up in the event that you are selected.