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LVC Students gather at Frederic K. Miller Chapel to listen to a Symposium speaker

Together We Are.

The annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence encourages students and staff to learn, grow, and commit as a campus to comprehensive and continuing engagement with our diverse community. An entire day is reserved for a featured keynote speaker and educational sessions that inspire open dialogue.

Inclusive Excellence Symposium 2021

 

Feb. 25, 2021 Symposium

Faculty, staff, and students have dedicated their time to provide the LVC Community with a variety of virtual educational and interactive afternoon sessions to further our commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Don't miss out, be a part of it all!

Be sure to register for the Keynote Convocation in addition to the afternoon session(s) to ensure you receive the link to join the virtual event.

*Registration opens Feb. 19, 2021. Check your LVC email for the registration link.

Schedule

9-10 a.m. Pre-Conference Workshop

Intergroup dialogue (IGD) is a powerful learning experience for facilitating understanding. This session for faculty and staff will be led by Charles Behling from the program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn more about Intergroup Dialogue and how its techniques might benefit us as a college and as individual educators.   

10–11:30 a.m. Keynote Convocation & Community Partnership Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Tim Wise

Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist educators in the U.S., will virtually join the LVC community to speak with us about privilege, activism, and the fight against racism. Mr. Wise will address the core themes of the day utilizing components of his book White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America. 

1–3:15 p.m. Educational Sessions (full time)

Poverty Simulation

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The simulation helps to bridge that gap from misconception to understanding and, even in its virtual adaptation, sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty. 

Disturbing the Silence

In an expansion of the Office of Intercultural Affairs’ web series “Disturbing the Silence,” this session will lead participants through conversations on and adjacent to recent “Disturbing the Silence” topics.

Crime & Punishment

Amidst a landmark class-action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment chronicles the remarkable efforts of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest in New York City. Participants should plan to watch the documentary before the session. To access the record for this film click here. Then to find the direct link, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click through on the LINKS either low or medium resolution.

 

 

Democracy Under Siege

Please join us for a panel discussion on the Capitol riots. This session offers participants the opportunity to learn and process the facts about the violence in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. Participants will gain a better understanding of what happened and its potential consequences for our fragile democracy. 

1-2 p.m. Educational Session 1

Role Playing Oppression: Addressing Issues of Race and Ethnicity Through a Gamified Pedagogy

This discussion, featuring testimony from students who have played RTTP (Reacting to the Past) scenarios at LVC, will provide a detailed introduction to RTTP pedagogy and explore how this approach can foster engagement with issues of diversity and inclusion. The discussion will also address potential challenges faced by students and faculty when utilizing gamified pedagogy. 


Genres of Photography: Social Documentary, Storytelling, & Activism 

The current Gallery exhibition Genres of Photography examines such genres as portraiture, landscape, and social documentary, as well as fine art aesthetics in the making of a photograph. Session facilitators will facilitate a discussion exploring the ways social documentary has served as a form of activism telling human stories using the power of image, focusing on the work of noted FSA photographer Jack Delano’s in Puerto Rico.

The Human Library at LVC

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.

Disparities in Healthcare

This session will explore systemic disparities in healthcare and the effects of those disparities among multiple portions of society. Topics will include the effects of these disparities on both short- and long-term health.  

Trans Positive

This workshop will begin with the basics of gender identity to provide attendees with vocabulary and up-to-date information. The workshop will also include best practices for affirming and respecting the transgender community. This is a great place to get informed and start or continue your journey of active allyship.

Inclusive Classrooms for Faculty & Instructors

This interactive workshop is designed to help you make your class a welcoming space for the diverse breadth of our student pool.  You will get practical tips and practice skills directly applicable to your daily teaching. 


White Like Me Discussion

Participants will discuss the documentary White Like Me, based on the work of keynote speaker Tim Wise. Participants should plan to watch the documentary (available here) before the session. 


With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and Our Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift 

In 1980 approximately 125,000 refugees fled their homes in Cuba for the US, including a sizable number of LGBTQ Cubans. These new residents of the United States were assisted in their resettlement by dedicated members of the LGBTQ community, including many from Pennsylvania. This exhibit explores the circumstances surrounding the exodus and resettlement, focusing on the personal stories of LGBTQ Cuban immigrants who have since made their lives in this country.  


Grassroots Anti-Racist Activism in Lebanon County:  A View from the Street

In this session, Associate Professor of History Michael Schroeder will offer a presentation and lead a discussion on the ongoing twice-weekly Black Lives Matter protest actions in the Annville Town Square, which began in early June 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, and which are expected to continue for the rest of 2021 and beyond. What's the point of staging an ongoing anti-racist protest action in a mostly White small town in a county that has seen very little racist police violence against local residents? How to engage a mostly White, conservative, Republican community in an ongoing anti-racist social movement? How to conceptualize the shorter-term and longer-term goals of such local anti-racist activism? What parallels exist between today's BLM protests and the longer sweep of anti-racist and social justice activism in US history?

2:15-3:15 p.m. Educational Session 2

Role Playing Oppression: Addressing Issues of Race and Ethnicity Through a Gamified Pedagogy

This discussion, featuring testimony from students who have played RTTP (Reacting to the Past) scenarios at LVC, will provide a detailed introduction to RTTP pedagogy and explore how this approach can foster engagement with issues of diversity and inclusion. The discussion will also address potential challenges faced by students and faculty when utilizing gamified pedagogy. 


Genres of Photography: Social Documentary, Storytelling, & Activism 

The current Gallery exhibition Genres of Photography examines such genres as portraiture, landscape, and social documentary, as well as fine art aesthetics in the making of a photograph. Session facilitators will facilitate a discussion exploring the ways social documentary has served as a form of activism telling human stories using the power of image, focusing on the work of noted FSA photographer Jack Delano’s in Puerto Rico.

The Human Library at LVC

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.

Disparities in Healthcare

This session will explore systemic disparities in healthcare and the effects of those disparities among multiple portions of society. Topics will include the effects of these disparities on both short- and long-term health.  

Trans Positive

This workshop will begin with the basics of gender identity to provide attendees with vocabulary and up-to-date information. The workshop will also include best practices for affirming and respecting the transgender community. This is a great place to get informed and start or continue your journey of active allyship.


White Like Me Discussion

Participants will discuss the documentary White Like Me, based on the work of keynote speaker Tim Wise. Participants should plan to watch the documentary (available herebefore the session. 


Children’s Resource Center: Advocacy and Trauma Reduction 

In this session, the Training and Outreach Coordinator for UPMC Pinnacle Children’s Resource Center will explore the work of the CRC as a child advocacy center dedicated to reducing the trauma and aftermath of abuse. His presentation will seek to raise awareness about the injustice of child abuse in our area and help equip participants as advocates. 

With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and Our Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift 

In 1980 approximately 125,000 refugees fled their homes in Cuba for the US, including a sizable number of LGBTQ Cubans. These new residents of the United States were assisted in their resettlement by dedicated members of the LGBTQ community, including many from Pennsylvania. This exhibit explores the circumstances surrounding the exodus and resettlement, focusing on the personal stories of LGBTQ Cuban immigrants who have since made their lives in this country.  

Grassroots Anti-Racist Activism in Lebanon County:  A View from the Street

In this session, Associate Professor of History Michael Schroeder will offer a presentation and lead a discussion on the ongoing twice-weekly Black Lives Matter protest actions in the Annville Town Square, which began in early June 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, and which are expected to continue for the rest of 2021 and beyond. What's the point of staging an ongoing anti-racist protest action in a mostly White small town in a county that has seen very little racist police violence against local residents? How to engage a mostly White, conservative, Republican community in an ongoing anti-racist social movement? How to conceptualize the shorter-term and longer-term goals of such local anti-racist activism? What parallels exist between today's BLM protests and the longer sweep of anti-racist and social justice activism in US history?

Tim Wise

Keynote speaker: Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.

Wise is the author of eight books, including his forthcoming, Dispatches from the Race War (December 2020 from City Lights Books). Other books include Under the Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books, and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among other popular, professional, and scholarly journals.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and has been featured on 20/20 and Nightline, as well as CBS Sunday Morning. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.