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LVC Students gather at Frederic K. Miller Chapel to listen to a Symposium keynote 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 educational sessions that inspire open dialogue, a featured keynote speaker, and community lunch.

 

Inclusive Excellence Symposium 2020

 

Jan. 21, 2020 Symposium

Keynote speaker: Ruth Naomi Floyd

Ruth Naomi Floyd is a renowned vocalist, composer, and flautist. A committed music educator, she is the director of jazz studies at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pa., and artist in residence at Temple University.

Along with the keynote, Ms. Floyd will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in Frederic K. Miller Chapel. The concert is free and open to all.

 


 

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

 

Schedule

10–11:15 a.m. Keynote Convocation

Lois Brong Miller Sanctuary, Frederic K. Miller Chapel

Keynote Speaker: Ruth Naomi Floyd

Presentation of the President’s Service Award: Dr. Lewis E. Thayne

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Community Lunch

Lehr and Phillips Dining Hall, Allan W. Mund College Center

1–3:30 p.m. Interactive Simulations and Brave Zone Training*

BaFá BaFá | Room 115, Frederic K. Miller Chapel

BaFá BaFá is a face-to-face learning simulation (game) that enables you to experience what it is like to live or work in another culture. BaFá BaFá will enable you to see the effects culture plays in every person’s life. Additionally, BaFá BaFá develops cultural competency skills, which are highly sought after by today’s employers. Facilitated by Theresa Rosenberg, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Shayani Bhattacharya, assistant professor of English.

Brave Zone Training | Room 186, Clyde A. Lynch Memorial Hall

Learn how to support our LGBTQ+ community! This Brave Zone training session will utilize revamped content and discussions. Participants will receive a Brave Zone placard to display their support around campus after completing the training. Facilitated by Dr. Holly M. Wendt, director of creative writing; assistant professor of English, and Dr. Tonya Miller, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Poverty Simulation | Underground, Allan W. Mund College Center

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to understand truly. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges the gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience that sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty as you role-play a month in the shoes of a low-income family. You will unpack your learning and brainstorm a community change after the simulation. Facilitated by Jen Liedtka, service and volunteerism coordinator.

1-2 p.m. Educational Session 1

Art Gallery Exhibit Talk | Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

This session will facilitate a discussion using the exhibition Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement as a springboard for dialogue. In the summer of 1962, Lyon packed a Nikon Reflex and an old Leica in an army bag and hitchhiked south. Within a week, he was in jail in Albany, Ga., looking through the bars at another prisoner, Martin Luther King Jr. Lyon soon became the first staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which already had the reputation as one of the most committed and confrontational groups fighting for civil rights. His photographs captured one of the most inspiring periods in American history. Facilitated by Dr. Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery; assistant professor of art history, and Dr. Cathy Romagnolo, professor of English.


The Human Library | Vernon and Doris Bishop Library

Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, Center for Global Education, Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, and Student Affairs staff partner to offer a Human Library, which is designed to build a positive framework or conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered. Facilitated by Maureen Bentz, interim director of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library.

The Life and Work of Frederick Douglass | Lois Brong Miller Sanctuary, Frederic K. Miller Chapel

We will examine how the inspiring life and prophetic words of Frederick Douglass continue to be relevant in 2020 and how they guide us as we work toward justice for all humanity. Facilitated by Ruth Naomi Floyd, director of jazz studies at Cairn University, Langhorne, Pa.

The Long Road: LGBTQ+ Traveling History Museum | Allan W. Mund College Center

The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people. The exhibit uses case studies of several cities and townships to highlight political struggles and personal stories. Facilitated by staff from the LGBT Community Center of Central PA.

Social Justice Through the Lens of Intersectionality | Room 312, Neidig-Garber Science Center

Learn how to recognize differences and counteract our biases on the journey to inclusive justice. Facilitated by Aashya Noor, Esq.

Walls of Poverty | Room 001, Clyde A. Lynch Memorial Hall

The Walls of Poverty is a simulation designed to explore four suffocating elements of inner-city poverty and their effects on minorities. With the help of volunteers led by the Black Student Union, participants will come together to make an inescapable human cage personifying poverty. Individuals will leave with a better understanding of gentrification, food deserts, generational wealth, and the overall feel of what it means to live a life of poverty as a minority. Facilitated by the Black Student Union and Khalil Brim ’21.


Diversity and Inclusion on a College Campus: Embracing Difference 
for a Better U | Room 203, Neidig Garber Science Center

College is often the first time that we are exposed to people from different racial, religious, social, or economic backgrounds. As institutions of higher learning, colleges and universities are enriched by having faculty and students from a variety of demographics. How we embrace those differences directly affects the culture and climate of our school and our experience as a member of the Lebanon Valley College Community. This workshop will explore how embracing others helps us appreciate ourselves. Facilitated by Tameka M. Hatcher, MBA, Civil Rights Educator, Diversity & Inclusion Professional.

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

Art Gallery Exhibit Talk | Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

This session will facilitate a discussion using the exhibition Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement as a springboard for dialogue. In the summer of 1962, Lyon packed a Nikon Reflex and an old Leica in an army bag and hitchhiked south. Within a week, he was in jail in Albany, Ga., looking through the bars at another prisoner, Martin Luther King Jr. Lyon soon became the first staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which already had the reputation as one of the most committed and confrontational groups fighting for civil rights. His photographs captured one of the most inspiring periods in American history. Facilitated by Dr. Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery; assistant professor of art history, and Dr. Cathy Romagnolo, professor of English.


The History and Celebration of African American Spirituals, Blues, Gospel Music, and Jazz | Lutz Hall, Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center

Music which goes from deep despair to unspeakable joy in the midst of injustice, protest, and resistance. Facilitated by Ruth Naomi Floyd, director of jazz studies at Cairn University, Langhorne, Pa.

The Human Library | Vernon and Doris Bishop Library

Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, Center for Global Education, Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, and Student Affairs staff partner to offer a Human Library, which is designed to build a positive framework or conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered. Facilitated by Maureen Bentz, interim director of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library.

The Long Road: LGBTQ+ Traveling History Museum | Allan W. Mund College Center

The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people. The exhibit uses case studies of several cities and townships to highlight political struggles and personal stories. Facilitated by staff from the LGBT Community Center of Central PA.


Diversity and Inclusion on a College Campus: Embracing Difference for a Better U | Room 203, Neidig Garber Science Center

College is often the first time that we are exposed to people from different racial, religious, social, or economic backgrounds. As institutions of higher learning, colleges and universities are enriched by having faculty and students from a variety of demographics. How we embrace those differences directly affects the culture and climate of our school and our experience as a member of the Lebanon Valley College Community. This workshop will explore how embracing others helps us appreciate ourselves. Facilitated by Tameka M. Hatcher, MBA, Civil Rights Educator, Diversity & Inclusion Professional.

7 p.m. Concert: Ruth Naomi Floyd

Lois Brong Miller Sanctuary, Frederic K. Miller Chapel

This event is free and open to the public.