SOM Diversity Dialogues will be starting on Friday, April 27, 2018

April 18, 2018 by

SOM Office of Diversity and Inclusion will start launching Diversity Dialogues this month! Wondering what Diversity Dialogues are? Please see below info from Dr. Greg Townsend, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion:


There is a saying: “Nothing great ever comes from comfort zones.” The Diversity Dialogues are designed to encourage honest discussions in a safe environment with people who are in some way, different from us, about the ways that we are different and the ways that we are similar. These facilitated dialogues may feel uncomfortable, but are essential to building understanding and empathy so we can leverage our strengths and differences at work and in our communities.

The Diversity Dialogues are a series of facilitated conversations around specific topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. The same topic will be explored each month by members of different groups – students, house staff, faculty, or staff.  We will invite one group each month. The topic will rotate every 4 months.

The first topic is “privilege.” What is privilege? Privilege is power, access, opportunity, authority, wealth or advantage granted to some persons, and denied others, based simply on the groups to which they belong, rather than on what they have done. Privilege may be based on any number of personal attributes, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and others. In this dialogue, we will examine with each other how privilege in its many domains has impacted all of our lives.

Come out and join the conversation on:

Friday, April 27, 2018
BIMS 1023
Lunch will be provided– please RSVP to if you plan to attend!