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Cultural Events at Calvin College

2015-2016 Cultural Events Calendar

Participating in at least one of these activities will qualify as the Calvin College annual required FEN-related activity.


August 2015

Fall Conference: Campus Climate 2015 Early Findings
During the spring of 2015, members of the Calvin community were invited to participate in an all-campus climate survey. The results are in! This session will provide an overview of the results and invite participants to think through the possible implications of the responses. This session will also include a preview of the diversity-related professional development opportunities planned for 2015 -2016.

 

September 2015

Fall Reading Group Begins

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation
by Jennifer Harvey
A deeply constructive, hopeful work, Dear White Christians will help readers envision new racial possibilities, including concrete examples of contemporary reparations initiatives. This book is for any who care about the gospel call to justice but feel stuck trying to get there, given the ongoing prevalence of deep racial divisions in the church and society at large. Though Jennifer is White, this book is not just for White people. Everyone is welcome to participate in the book discussion.

Meets every other Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - September 15, 29, October 13, 27, November 10.

Tuesday, September 15
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
President's Conference Room
Bring your lunch

Harassment-Free Environment Workshop
Addresses practices for creating a welcoming work environment, one that is free from harassment on multiple levels.  In this interactive session participants will gain a better understanding on how to create a more inclusive work environment.

Tuesday, September 22
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided

 

October 2015

Unlearn Week Session – sponsored by the MSDO office

How to Be a Better Ally
Have you ever left a conversation wondering if you should have said something to support one of your colleagues? Has a student ever shared something with you regarding diversity and inclusion matters and you weren’t sure how to respond? In this interactive session participants will enhance their awareness, knowledge and skills in order to be a better ally.

Tuesday, October 6
Place TBD
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
No RSVP required

 

November 2015

Just Listen
Based on the book, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D., this interactive session will provide techniques that participants can use to navigate difficult conversations. Participants need not to have read the book in order to attend this session. For more information see: http://goulstongroup.com/books/.

Tuesday, November 17
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP November 9

 

December 2015

Diversity & Inclusion Update
The purpose of these sessions are to update the Calvin community on the progress of our strengthening Diversity and Inclusion efforts. The session includes an introduction of the Diversity and Inclusion theme from the current Strategic Plan, an update on diversity KPIs, and an opportunity for members of the Calvin community to ask questions about or make suggestions for strengthening Calvin’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Please note: the 3:30 p.m. session is a repeat of the 12:30 p.m. session.

Tuesday, December 1
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (bring your own lunch)
OR 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (refreshments provided)
RSVP for either by Nov. 23

 

January 2016

Martin Luther King Day programming – Monday, January 18 (See the MSDO calendar for details)
January Series Speaker (see January Series Calendar)

 

February 2016

Black History Month (see the MSDO calendar for details)

Unmasking Micro-Aggressions and Their Impact
Simply stated, micro-aggressions are brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to marginalized groups. Any group can be guilty of delivering micro-aggressions, but the most painful and harmful ones are likely to occur between those who hold power and those who are disempowered. Often times, micro-aggressions are unintended or come from a place from good intentions. This workshop will explore several variations of micro-aggressions and provide participants with tools for responding in ways that interrupt and educate.

Tuesday, February 23
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by February 15

Spring Reading Group Begins

Understanding Disability: Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights
by Paul T. Jaeger and Cynthia Ann Bowman
Written to educate and inform readers about the social roles of disability, this accessible and informative work addresses: social classifications of disability; social reactions to disability; legal rights and classifications of persons with disabilities; issues of accessibility to information and communication technologies; representations of disability in a range of media, including literature, painting, film, television and advertising; and major issues shaping the contemporary social roles of persons with disabilities. By examining the social roles of disability in the past and present from a range of perspectives and disciplines, this book reveals a portrait of the social place, limitations, and rights of persons with disabilities. For more information see: http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

Meets every other Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4

Begins Monday, February 8
President’s Conference Room
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (Bring your lunch)
RSVP by February 1

 

March 2016

From Every Nation Symposium on Race – more information coming

 

April 2016

Anti-Racism 101
With the adoption of the From Every Nation document in 2004, Calvin College has encouraged an anti-racist posture. Anti-racism includes beliefs, actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. Anti-racism tends to focus on institutional or structural racism rather than personal or individual racism. This workshop introduces and unpacks the Anti-Racism, as well as, briefly reviewing the themes and goals of the FEN document. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the Stand Against Racism initiative of the YWCA. In partnership with the YWCA, Calvin College will be one of thousands of organizations nationally taking a stand to eliminate racism.

Tuesday, April 26
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by April 18

 

May 2016

Diversity & Inclusion Update
The purpose of these sessions are to update the Calvin community on the progress of our strengthening Diversity and Inclusion efforts. The session includes an introduction of the Diversity and Inclusion theme from the current Strategic Plan, an update on diversity KPIs, and an opportunity for members of the Calvin community to ask questions about or make suggestions for strengthening Calvin’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Please note: the 3:30 p.m. session is a repeat of the 12:30 p.m. session.

Tuesday, May 17
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (bring your own lunch)
OR 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (refreshments provided)
RSVP for either by May 9

Building Cultural Intelligence
Cultural intelligence provides insights about individual capabilities to cope with multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions, and perform in culturally diverse work groups. This full-day interactive workshop includes a CQ assessment, introduction to cultural intelligence, and skill development activities.

Tuesday, May 24
Commons Annex Alumni Association Board Room
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch is provided
RSVP by May 16

 

June 2016

Summer Reading Group – Date and time to be announced

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
In this book, Stevenson writes with impassioned purpose about the early work of the Equal Justice Initiative that he founded to defend the poor and the wrongly condemned and convicted, including several who spent years, even decades on death row. A powerful first-person appeal for just mercy. For more information see: http://www.tfcbooks.org/.

“Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all. Just Mercy should be read by people of conscience in every civilized country in the world to discover what happens when revenge and retribution replace justice and mercy. It is as gripping to read as any legal thriller, and what hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation.” ~ Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“From the frontlines of social justice comes one of the most urgent voices of our era. Bryan Stevenson is a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch who, through his work in redeeming innocent people condemned to death, has sought to redeem the country itself. This is a book of great power and courage. It is inspiring and suspenseful—a revelation.” ~ Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

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