DAC Invites Students, Staff and Faculty to Join Talking Circles on Race & Racism Spring 2013


Contributed by Paula Ioanide

Have you ever had a question about race but were too scared to ask or didn’t know how to ask? How do you know racism when you see it? How do you experience racism? How do you think racism has affected your life? How do you cope with the effects? Do you think you are responsible, in any way, for eliminating racism? 

Ithaca College students, staff and faculty are invited to come together in a safe environment to share feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a sustained, confidential, frank dialogue around issues of race and racism. The Diversity Awareness Committee will initiate one Student Talking Circle and one Staff/Faculty Talking Circle (co-sponsored by Human Resources) facilitated by professionals from the Multicultural Resource Center. Each Talking Circle will be made up of 20 racially and ethnically diverse people who will meet once a week for five consecutive sessions to self-reflect, share experiences, and learn from others’ perspectives and attitudes.

When? The Student Talking Circle will meet on Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Feb 5, 2013-Mar 5, 2013

The Staff/Faculty Talking Circle will meet Wednesdays, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Feb 6, 2013-Mar 6, 2013

Who? We’re looking for a good mix of people from all races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and creeds. DAC will select up to 20 students and 20 staff/faculty from the applicants.

How? Interested students and staff/faculty should complete the PDF application on DAC's website at ithaca.edu/sacl/committees/diversity/

Deadline: Please submit completed applications by January 28, 2013.

Questions: Please direct questions to Paula Ioanide (pioanide@ithaca.edu) or Michelle Rios-Dominguez (mriosdominguez@ithaca.edu). For more information on the Talking Circles, please visit the Multicultural Resource Center's website: multicultural-resource.org/

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Paula Ioanide at pioanide@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-5789. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.