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‘Dialogue on Diversity’ enters third year

September 21, 2010

Photo of NIU students in a classroom“A caring community is a place where the well being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.”

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management’s “Dialogue on Diversity” (DOD) programming initiative enters its third year. The first session is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Campus Life Building Room 100.

This initiative encourages student groups and organizations to share personal experiences and cultivate leadership abilities that promote better understanding and relationships within the diverse student population in the campus community. This nationally recognized and award-winning program has expanded the initiative’s efforts in the classroom. 

In addition to the current faculty and staff facilitators, 18 student co-facilitators have been recently trained to go into the classroom and to engage classroom participants in a dialogue about the importance of creating an inclusive campus community. Nearly 50 UNIV 101 peer instructors connected to Orientation have been trained as well.

Fifty- and 75-minute class sessions have been designed to promote participation in the two-hour evening programs that will occur throughout the semester.

All students are encouraged to participate. For further information, call the Diversity and Equity Office at (815) 753-1513.