Simulation, Intergroup, & Interfaith Dialogues

1–3:30 p.m. | Poverty Simulation | Underground

Join volunteers from the LVC community as well as the Palmyra Circles group who will lead students in an interactive poverty simulation. This session in facilitated by Lebanon Circles

1–3:30 p.m. | Bafa Bafa | CHA 106/115/116

What role does culture play in your interactions on a daily basis?   In this interactive “BaFa BaFa” game, participants will come face-to-face with those of a different culture and will experience the feelings that build when cultural values are not congruent.  This simulation challenges stereotypes and empowers participants to leave the simulation with a better understanding of the value of diversity and the insight necessary to communicate and work with those who are different from themselves. Facilitated by Theresa Rosenberg and Caitlin Murphy

1-3:30 p.m. | Intergroup Dialogue # 1 | Chapel 101

Come dialogue with your peers about the morning's key note session. Ask questions; discuss your thoughts; work through your feelings in a facilitated supportive dialogue environment. Facilitated by Cathy Romagnolo and Matt Sayers

1-3:30 p.m. | Intergroup Dialogue # 2 | NG 203

Intersectionality operates under the premise that people possess multiple, layered identities, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability, among others.  This intergroup dialogue will help participants further explore the concept as well as  how identities intersect to affect an individuals’ realities and lived experiences, thereby shaping their perspectives, worldview, and relationships with others. Facilitated by Heidi Freeland-Trail, Olajiwom McCadney, and Michael Davis

1–3:30 p.m. | Sustained Interfaith Dialogue | Chapel Narthex

The Sustained Interfaith Dialogue will serve as an interactive learning experiences through which student will increase their knowledge of faith expression from around the globe needed to compete, collaborate, and contribute in a local and global environment. A panel of faith leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, and Jewish communities will share during a panel discussion before leading small groups in an exercise of “scriptural reasoning.” Facilitated by Chaplain Fullmer

Educational Sessions

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Title IX and its Possible Futures | HUM 204

SFA 1: connecting students in their immediate (local) college environment to the federal system of national and legal regulations regarding the future of Title IX enforcement on college campuses. The Trump Administration may reverse Obama era regulations regarding sexual assault and transgender rights if the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education provides more deference and greater latitude to educational institutions. I hope to spark a wider discussion with specific regard to sexual violence and civil rights using the common standard in civil law known as "preponderance of the evidence," which is a lower standard of proof in cases of misconduct than the "clear and convincing evidence" benchmark. Facilitated by Chris Dolan

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | LVC's History and Diversity: A Discussion | HUM 210

Presentation and discussion of material focusing on LVC's engagement with race, gender, and sexuality. Facilitated by Rebecca McCoy

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | So How Are We Doing: What Do Surveys Say About Inclusive Excellence at LVC? | HUM 304

Join us for an interactive session to help the college better understand student inclusive excellence data.  The facilitators will share recent college survey results and data and attendees will be asked to provide insights into the results. Facilitated by Ann Damiano and  Jessica Ickes

1–2 p.m. | Building a Diverse Faculty: Challenges and Leadership | HUM 309

Learn from a panel of diverse faculty members about the benefits and challenges associated with diversifying the campus. Facilitated by Ivette Guzman-Zavala

2:15–3:15 p.m. | Global Mindset | LYN 181

This session will go over the 3 capitals of intercultural competence along with discussing methods for developing a global mindset. Facilitated by Kimberlee Josephson

1–2 p.m. | Color Matters | LYN 185

How does color shape our understanding of the world and its inhabitants?  This session explores the ways we perceive color as an aesthetic and cultural signifier in nearly every aspect of our lives. By understanding the complex, often contradictory ways we quantify the perceptual phenomenon of color, we can expand our color recognition skills and our appreciation of humanity. Facilitated by Michael Pittari

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Polarizing Issues in Times of Fake News, Media Bias, and Aggressive Political Campaigns | CHA 103

In the last years, there has been an intensifying perception of polarization, aggression, and dishonesty in political and other public discourse. For many, this may make it uncomfortable or impossible to discuss polarizing issues with people who have a different opinion. The session aims on illuminating how current media phenomena make it more difficult to interact with people who have differing opinions. The session will first present some information on media phenomena like political campaign strategies, fake news, conspiracy theories, social media echo-chambers, media bias, and anti-elite rhetoric. In small groups/interactive activities, the participants will then share their own experience and discuss the issues. Finally, we will try to develop ways to overcome these issues and find strategies to discuss polarizing problems with people who have ideas, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors different from our own. Facilitated by Joerg Meindl

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | The New Jim Crow? Race and the Criminal Justice System in the early 21st Century | LYN 170

This session will build  on Michelle Alexander's book, especially her contention that the post-Jim Crow criminal justice system systematically disenfranchises African American men while creating the illusion of a "colorblind" society, and connecting this dynamic to the recent spate of video-recorded police shootings of unarmed black men & boys. Facilitated by Michael Schroeder

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | The Science of Implicit Bias | BI LAB IN BISHOP LIBRARY

Implicit biases are assumptions made about groups (or individuals having group attributes) that are not part of conscious awareness.  Because we are less aware of implicit bias, it can be difficult to combat.  Through these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to identify these biases, increasing their ability to fight them.  This would also give attendees the opportunity to identify systemic prejudice and discuss potential solution. Facilitated by Michelle Niculescu

2:15–3:15 p.m. | Ox Tales: Eating our Way to Cultural Knowledge | CHA 117

This session will explore the ways that different cuisines expose and exemplify the challenges that arise when we examine cultural knowledge. The session will focus on one particular dish and provide an occasion for thinking, discussion, and the sharing of food prepared by Chef John and his staff. Facilitated by Dr. Robert Valgenti and Chef John Hopewell

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Examining Race, Gender, and Language through Creole Literature | BMC 23

What do we define as “American” literature? Once home to a vibrant francophone culture, Louisiana quickly became Americanized after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, resulting in a swift decline in the number of French-speaking Americans. In just less than 40 years, anglophones outnumbered francophones, despite the fact that over two million Louisianans today have French ancestors. This Americanization resulted in an entire genre of “forgotten” literature written by French-speaking Creoles who no longer had an audience for their poems, novels, articles, and plays. One of these Creole writers, Alfred Mercier, chronicles the history of a lost culture through his ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana. Facilitated by Beth Julian

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | The Human Library at LVC | Bishop Library

The Bishop Library, Center for Global Education, Department of Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs and the Department of Student Affairs have partnered to offer a Human Library as one of the education sessions at the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence. A Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers.  A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Facilitated by Sarah Greene

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Mary Ellen Mark's "Streetwise and its Implications for Disenfranchised Youth" | Gallery

This session includes a discussion using the exhibition Mary Ellen Mark: Tiny-Streetwise Revisited as a springboard for dialog. In 1983 Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) began photographing a group of fiercely independent homeless and troubled youth who were making their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and smalltime drug dealers. Facilitated by Louis Laguna and Dr. Barbara McNulty

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Race and the Rhetoric of Voter Suppression: From James Madison to Voter ID Laws | HUM 209

James Madison warned that universal white male suffrage would lead to a confiscation of property.  At the time the most contested property issue was slavery and so his Republican rhetoric was designed to suppress the vote in order to protect slavery.  Madison’s warnings have been adapted many times in efforts to suppress the vote since.  We will examine three key periods:  Post-Reconstruction; the Southern Strategy of the 1970’s; and recent voter id legislation in an effort to expose the racism inherent in voter suppression efforts. Facilitated by Noel Hubler

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Status of Women in PA: What's Grade is on our Report Card? | LYN 186

Did you know that The Status of Women in the States provides data on women’s progress in all 50 states and the District of Columbia? The data can then be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality. We will take a look at Pennsylvania’s scores in multiple categories in 2015 and how it impacts our LVC community. Facilitated by Todd Snovel

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Geography and World Maps | LYN 189

This session will provide an opportunity for the campus community to test their individual knowledge of global geography. Join us for a fun, non-competitive, review of country and city locations around the world. Facilitated by Jill Russell

1–2 p.m. | What Do You Have to Lose? | LYN 010

This activity is a demonstration designed to help participants experience what it feels like to belong to a stigmatized group. The purpose of this activity is to help promote empathy as well as a more informed understanding of what it means to be a member of the various communities. Facilitated by Linda Summers

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Brazilian Music | BMC 122

This session provides the unique opportunity to not only learn about Brazilian culture and tradition but also to dialogue with visiting Brazilian students. The presenters will share recorded examples of the different types of music popular to the country and perform a few Brazilian pieces. The session will conclude with a dialogue about the similarities and differences between the music of Brazil and the USA. Facilitated by Shelly Moorman-Stahlman

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Together Up Against It: Everyday People Defying Odds and Social Pressures to Make Change | LYN 182

Condemned as queers, bad mothers, radicals, foreigners [they weren’t], (etc.), a group of “ordinary housewives” who called themselves “The Women’s Emergency Brigade” took action in 1936-37 during a “sit down” strike in Flint, Michigan, to help make working life better for all. As a result, these women were able to “defeat” what was at the time the largest manufacturing corporation in the world. We’ll watch the short film With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade (1979), which features some of the primary women of the Brigade 40 years later (now “old”), who look back with boldness and humor on the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. We’ll then discuss the possible relevance of this struggle to our own lives and communities today, to existing dynamics of power, and to creative and broader approaches to social change. Facilitated by Robert Machado

2:15–3:15 p.m. | Reading Racial Type in Victorian Art | LYN 185

Correctly identifying a person’s race and class within an urban setting became an obsession for nineteenth-century Victorians. In positioning one’s place within the class system, the Victorian public relied on various modes of social and racial stereotyping. Joining this profiling craze, English artists constructed characters with observable physical traits all based on popular pseudo-sciences of the ay, which included both physiognomy and phrenology. In this session, participant will decipher and read paintings through the lens of nineteenth century theories of race and class. Analyzing Victorian scene paintings will allow for a wider discussion on how race and class are socially and historically constructed. Facilitated by Grant Taylor

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | On the Strength and Value of Religious Diversity in America | LYN 187

This session will build the case make the case that our religious diversity in the country and world  is not something to be feared, but celebrated. Facilitated by Jeff Robbins and Connor Feeney

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Not a Disability, But a Unique Ability: Scientists with Disabilities Overcoming | NG 312

This session will use case studies to show how science students and scientists with disabilities can contribute to our LVC community and beyond. Facilitated by Tim Peelen and Elizabeth Sterner

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Put the Guilt Aside | LYN 001

Discussions about privilege and inclusiveness are often associated with feeling of guilt on the part of students within the majority.  This open discussion will explore why this is the case and furthermore why guilt is a waste of emotional energy.  We will cover the importance of hearing other community member’s experiences while not getting caught up in feelings of guilt or discomfort so that opportunities to learn from each other can be capitalized on. Facilitated by Michael Diesner

2:15–3:15 p.m. | Race: The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In | LYN 008

If race is not biology, what is it? This short film and program uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately , and often invisibly, channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people. Facilitated by Jen Evans

1–2:15 p.m. | A Partial History of Xenophobia in America | LYN 181

What do LVC’s Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, Justice Anthony Scalia, African-Americans, North American Indians, Americans of Japanese Ancestry, the Pennsylvania Dutch, Muslims and Mexicans, have in common? You will learn the links to all of the above as part of this session. Facilitated by Tim Dewald

1–2 p.m. & 2:15–3:15 p.m. | Relationships, Consent, and Title IX: What Does it Mean at LVC? | LYN 190

During this interactive session, participants will identify characteristics of healthy relationships, define and discuss consent, and learn how Title IX shapes the student experience at LVC. Facilitated by Stacey Hollinger, Bob Mikus, and Brent Oberholtzer

2:15–3:15 | The Penn State Hershey Rec Fest – Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities | THC 107

This educational session is designed to provide information about the event, what it hopes to accomplish, and how you can be involved as a participant or volunteer. The goals of the Penn State Rec Fest include increasing awareness of community members, healthcare providers and those with disabilities of the adaptive sports/recreation/exercise in our community and bringing opportunities for participation in adaptive sports/recreation/exercise to improve overall health and quality of life. Facilitated by Stan Dacko