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Campus Conversations that Matter

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Campus Conversations that Matter Series

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

About Campus Conversations that Matter

Tiffin University launched Campus Conversations that Matter in the spring of 2020 to discuss critical conversations. Critical conversations are those where high emotion, differing opinions and high stakes are involved between one or more people. The series includes a panel of students, faculty and staff who share their lived experiences.

The initial session, “You are Not Alone: Supporting our LGBTQ+ Community,” was featured in the early part of 2020. The topics included LGBTQ+ in social justice, psychology, criminal justice and the science of sexuality. The second session, “Being Black in North America,” was held in February 2020. The topics included subtle, everyday racism, cultural identity, limitations associated with race and understanding what race is.

For the 2020-2021 year, we will continue our conversations with a series entitled Race, Justice, & Inclusive Excellence. Racism and gaps among racial and ethnic groups affect education, housing, jobs, health care, and the justice system.

The Campus Conversations that Matter series seeks to explore our experience of race and equity. Where are we and what do we aspire to for ourselves and our community in the future?

The topics in the series include the following:

  • Race, Justice, & Inclusive Excellence- A Conversation about Police Community Relations
  • Race, Justice, & Inclusive Excellence- A Conversation about Safety & Exploring How to Reduce Violence
  • Race, Justice, & Inclusive Excellence- A Conversation about the Respectability Mask for Safety in A Dialogue with Black Men
To truly stand out, we must not feel compelled to fit in.