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GOODTalk sessions aim to open dialogue about differences

September 19, 2017

The Gantt Multicultural Center and Campus Activities and Events are accepting applications for the fall 2017 GOODTalk sessions. GOODTalk is a 10-week sustained dialogue for staff and faculty across the campus.

GOODTalk will engage eight-12 participants in topics that influence the student and staff communities and are relevant to understanding differences. This experience will offer an opportunity for personal reflection and growth, conversations across and about differences, and a social justice knowledge base that will assist in facilitating dialogue with Clemson students. Participants can expect to explore topics that include but are not limited to ability status, gender expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Sessions will be from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday from Oct. 3 to Dec. 12 (excluding the fall break week of Oct. 17).

Program outcomes

GOODTalk participants will be able to:

  • Develop efficacy in facilitating dialogue
  • Observe and analyze the experiences of those different from themselves
  • Observe and analyze the systems that affect the experiences of others
  • Effectively communicate with people different from themselves
  • Recognize personal beliefs and values
  • Understand how personal beliefs and values impact others
  • Critically analyze job roles and responsibilities as they relate to diverse groups
  • Effectively define social justice concepts

All faculty, staff and graduate assistants are encouraged to apply online to participate in GOODTalk by Friday, Sept. 29. Participants selected will represent a diverse group from a variety of social identities and university roles.

For more information, contact Kate Radford, associate director for Student Leadership and Community Engagement, Campus Activities and Events (radford@clemson.edu), or Kendra Stewart-Tillman, director for Diversity and Inclusion, The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center (stewar5@clemson.edu).



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