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WYSK: Day of Dialogue

What are the origins of Day of Dialogue?

The idea was put forward separately by three faculty members: Kaz Fukuoka, Ph.D., professor of political science, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Ph.D., professor of sociology and criminal justice and David Allan, Ph.D., professor of marketing. It was included in the Inclusive Excellence Blueprint; the final draft of which was shared with former President Mark C. Reed in May 2019. Reed greenlit the idea, and we moved forward from there with the first Day of Dialogue held for a half day in February 2020.

What are the objectives of Day of Dialogue?

Engage in dialogue that is open and conducive to a diverse and inclusive environment.

Identify actionable/feasible/practical next steps to move beyond the current moment.

Promote participation in the Day of Dialogue.

Provide tools and resources to ensure the accountability of the practice of diversity, equity and inclusion among all campus constituents.

Provide sessions for all university constituents: students, staff, administrators, faculty, alumni and board members.

Encourage and model long term commitment to thinking critically about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Increase knowledge about Day of Dialogue themes.

Increase knowledge of social identities including race, class, ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical ability, cognitive ability, religious beliefs, physical appearance, income or economic background, marital status, military and military veteran status.

How is Day of Dialogue organized?

There are no classes on Day of Dialogue, allowing students, faculty and staff to attend any of the 51 in-person and 25 online sessions they registered for on the Day of Dialogue schedule on the St. Joe’s website. Registration was open until 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The morning keynote starts at 9 a.m. This will be followed by five sessions throughout the day. Each of the five sessions has a number of concurrent sessions. The afternoon keynote begins at 5 p.m., with the last session ending at 9:15 p.m. There are also interactive activities and a food truck park. 

Who are the keynote speakers?

D. Steve Boland,  chief administrative officer for Bank of America, and a member of the company’s executive management team.

Carissa Begonia,  a second-generation Filipina American, who is a business and leadership coach and founder of CONSCIOUSXCHANGE.

Future Cain, CEO of The Future of SEL and previously served as the Statewide Project Coordinator for Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health in Wisconsin.

What are the 2023 Day of Dialogue themes?

Allyship, Advocacy and Agitation

Global & International Perspectives

Health, Wellness & Wellbeing

Identities & Intersectionality

(In)Equity in our Communities

Media & Representation

Social & Environmental Justice

What are the objectives of Day of Dialogue from the perspective of student organizers?

“We want people to engage in dialogue that’s open and conducive to a diverse environment. We want to identify actionable and practical next steps for people to kind of move beyond what kind of issues that are facing society today. We want to provide the tools for people on campus to engage in more diverse practices and to institute more equitable practices around campus, and we want to encourage the short and long term commitment to thinking more critically about diversity, equity and inclusion,” said James Janco ’25. 

Sources: Co-chairs, Chontel Delaney, Janée N. Burkhalter, Ph.D., Day of Dialogue 2023; Day of Dialogue data.

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