DAC Seeking Applications for Spring 2014 Talking Circles Event! *DATE CORRECTION*


Contributed by Kerry E. Spitze


Have you ever had a question about race but were too scared to ask, or just unsure how to ask? How is racism recognized? How do you experience racism? How do you think racism has affected your life and the lives of others? How do you cope with the effects? Who do you believe needs to assume responsibility for eliminating racism?


Ithaca College faculty and staff 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 subcommittee on Race, Culture and Ethnicity (part of the Diversity Awareness Committee) will initiate one Faculty/Staff Talking Circle (co-sponsored by Human Resources and the Center for Faculty Excellence) facilitated by professionals from the Multicultural Resource Center. The 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 Faculty/Staff Talking Circle will meet 5 consecutive Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center beginning Feb 6, 2014 and ending March 6, 2014.

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

How? Applications can be found online:


Please send your completed application to Kerry Spitze at kspitze@ithaca.edu

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

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kerry E. Spitze at kspitze@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.