Engaging Professional and Support Staff, Faculty and Administration
This moment in history is characterized by an upsurge in inflammatory speech, violent acts, and perceived threats of violence that have particularly impacted communities of color, LGBTQI and Islamic communities, and their allies. As students, faculty and staff process these events in light of their lived experiences, values, beliefs and dreams, it is incumbent upon academic institutions to actively engage in social justice dialogue and action.
A Timely Alignment
The BHCC Dialogue Series is a two-year program of campus conversations in which we apply an academic lens to contemporary social justice issues impacting our communities and the lives of students, faculty and staff. These issues include racial, cultural, gender and sexual identities, immigrants and immigration, and economic inequality. Through these conversations we embrace our College mission and engage with our communities by building upon institutional structures that exist and bringing together actively engaged educators.
Academic communities across the country are working to identify ways to engage their respective campuses around these topics. At BHCC we have been working towards a foundation of inclusivity and cultural engagement upon which to engage in this dialogue. The 2016-2017 selection of Compelling Conversation and Difficult Dialogues speakers, in addition to the One Book selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the launch of the Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI), illustrate a strong commitment to ongoing conversations that generate knowledge and shared experience.
BHCC Dialogue Series: The Five Components
1. Convocation Conversation
Thursday, September 1, 2016, 3–4:30 p.m., Culinary Arts Dining Room
2. Reflective Practitioner Series: Ongoing Campus Dialogues
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 8- 9:30 a.m., Art Gallery
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 5:30-7 p.m., Community Room, Chelsea
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8-9:30 a.m., Art Gallery
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:30- 7 p.m., Art Gallery
Monday, November 7, 2016, 8- 9:30 a.m., Art Gallery
3. Spring 2017 Community Supper Series
Wednesday February 15, 2017, 5-7 p.m., Culinary Arts Dining Room
Wednesday March 8, 2017, 5-7 p.m., Culinary Arts Dining Room
Wednesday April 12, 2017, 5-7 p.m., Culinary Arts Dining Room
5. Curricular Integration – Year Two
Beginning Summer 2016 and into year two, faculty will be encouraged to identify and utilize a myriad of resources to further engage their students in these topics through their curriculum.