Join BGSU for this Day of Dialogue as we engage in a discussion on our responsibility as a public university for the public good to address the challenges we face with race. This daylong event will explore a variety of topics that raise the awareness we must have to change the culture around how we deal with racial issues in the US.
Joining Keynote speaker, Dr. McKinley E. Melton, will be representatives from the University Libraries, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Public Impact, Graduate Student Senate, Diversity and Belonging, Graduate Student Senate and more.
Join the panelists at 4:30 p.m. for a LIVE Q & A | Password: bethechange for presenters
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Day of Dialogue Event Schedule
10 – 10:03 a.m. | Introduction
A welcome from BGSU’s Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer, Jennifer McCary
10:03 – 10:07 a.m. | Terminology
An introduction to how the university defines diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
10:07 – 10:33 a.m. | Invisible Paint
A Falcon and public servant’s life experiencies and reflections on what she would like to see changed at the university and in the community.
Moderator: Na Tasha Shabazz
10:33 – 10:35 a.m. | Talk to Me
Moderator: Davion Desean
10:35 – 11:01 a.m. | What I Was Taught About Race
A conversation between Anthony King and Atonn Smeltzer ‘11 on what they heard growing up and how it formed their beliefs about race.
Anthony King and Atonn Smeltzer
11:01 – 11:59 a.m. | What Can I do to Affect Change in My Community
A look at how being Civically Engaged at a local and national level can begin to challenge systemic racism and other social injustices in our country.
Joanna Line and Paul Valdez
Noon – 12:50 p.m. | Keynote: “It’s Our Business to Be Bothered: Necessary Trouble and Disturbing the Peace”
Exploring the history of Black writers, artists, and activists who have provided a “roadmap” as it were, to how we should be responding to the events happening around us.
Moderator: Dr. McKinley Melton
12:50 – 12:53 p.m. | Implicit Bias Education at BGSU
A brief overview to encourage people to consider an implicit bias workshop.
Moderator: Ana Brown
12:53 – 1:01 p.m. | Black Women Activists: Spoken Word and Music. Part 1
Moderator: Trinidad Linares
1:01 – 1:22 p.m. | Children’s literature book talks by the Curriculum Resource Center
Join Joe Prince, the Curriculum and Outreach Educator at the Curriculum Resource Center in the Jerome Library, as he shares some of his favorite picture books, middle grade, and young adult books that highlight the Black experience in the United States. All materials are available to check out at the CRC!
Moderator: Joe Prince
1:22 – 1:27 p.m. | BIPOC voices in the archive
Libraries and archives play an essential role in sparking and facilitating dialogue on a university campus, in that the material we find in archives often reveals undiscovered truths and hidden voices. We know that archives preserve history, but whose history? Recent events in our country point to a re-examination of archival practices – the material we choose to collect, and how we make it accessible to everyone.
Moderator: Dr. Emily DiLeo
1:27 – 2:10 p.m. | Did I Do the Thing I Don’t Want to Do?”: Honest Reflections on (un)Learning
What lies do I tell myself? What lies do I share in coded ways while denying the racism in those falsehoods? How am I complicit in perpetuating narratives built on notions of white supremacy? As three white women trying to (un)learn in order to serve anti-racist work, we will share where we are in our journeys, including missteps along the way and building resilience. We will reflect upon the ways we critically and introspectively center ourselves in order to de-center whiteness. And we will offer ideas for collectively continuing the dialogue and taking action.
Moderators: Katrina Heilmeier, Jenn Stucker, Heidi Nees
2:10 – 2:15 p.m. | Black Women Activists: Spoken Word and Music. Part 2
Moderator: Trinidad Linares
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. | Black and Blue Talk
A conversation on the relationship between Black Men and the Police.
Mike Campbell, Michael Huger,
and Dr. Marvin Whitfield
2:45 – 3:04 p.m. | Race in the Academy. Part 1
A conversation between President Rogers and Provost Whitehead on the importance of diversity within the academy and why colleges and universities struggle to recruit and retain Faculty of Color.
Moderators: President Rogers and Provost Whitehead
3:04 – 3:06 p.m. | Second airing of Talk to Me
Moderator: Davion Desean
3:06 – 3:23 p.m. | Race in the Academy. Part 2
Continuation of their conversation on the importance of diversity within the academy and why colleges and universities struggle to recruit and retain Faculty of Color.
3:23 - 4:15 p.m. | Person in Political: Our Perspectives on Our Lives
Conversation abouth their lived and constructive experiences
Moderators: Shevonne Nelson Dillingham, Toni Gordon, and Shayauna Newsome
4:15 - 4:25 p.m. | Diversity and Belonging Comprehensive Strategy and Plan
A review of BGSU's Diversity and Belonging Comprehensive Strategy and Plan - released in June 2020
Moderator: Jennifer McCary
4:30 p.m. | LIVE Q & A with panelist and Keynote (LINK ABOVE)
**During the day, there will be a book walk led by the Curriculum Resource Center featuring Children’s Literature. Visit this display in front of the Union.