Critical and Conscious Conversations (CCC) hold space for faculty and staff across divisions to come together and engage in active, collaborative discussions each month. The goal is to promote relationship-building and improve the campus climate through a social justice lens. Research indicates that this type of learning community can reduce microaggressions, increase micro-affirmations and lead to positive systemic changes through ground-up engagement (Madison, 2020; Young & Anderson, 2019; Jones & Rolón-Dow, 2019).
- Discuss issues relevant to social and racial injustice and engage in self-reflection to better understand privilege, power and our own intersectional identities.
- Share ideas and identify evidence-based strategies which promote inclusion, racial literacy and bias reduction, in an effort to restore trust and improve communication for student success.
- Learn how to be a better ally in an effort to forge authentic and strong relationships.
- Learn ways to practice self-compassion and radical empathy.
CCC committee members:
- Diana Castellanos, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer (DDO)
- Erin Cody, Harpur Edge
- Kimberly Peabody, Health Promotion and Prevention
- Craig Broccoli, Admissions
- Anne Saint-Juste, Residential Life
- Alicia Hibbard, TRIO/Student Support Services
- Regina Nguyen, McNair Scholars Program