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Toward Building a More Inclusive Community

Log into EngageD to access Zoom links for Dickinson's 2020 Building Campus Inclusion Week, Sept. 14-18.

Log into EngageD to access Zoom links for Dickinson's 2020 Building Campus Inclusion Week, Sept. 14-18.

Annual event brings campus community members together for virtual discussions, workshops

Racial justice is a major focus of national conversation in 2020. This week, Sept. 14-18, Dickinson students, faculty and staff will turn their attention to the community they share, and how they can help further Dickinson’s ongoing commitment to building a more inclusive campus.

The weeklong event is the latest in Dickinson’s Campus Inclusion Week series, developed in 2015 to bring campus community members together to learn about the diverse perspectives and needs within the community and how they can engage meaningfully with others around these issues. This year’s event is virtual, due to the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also has a new name—Building Campus Inclusion Week.

"The name change reflects the need to identify exclusion, inequity, and oppression as the forces inclusion seeks to address and by the fact that building campus inclusion is a process," says Vincent Stephens, director of Dickinson’s Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity (PSC).

Virtual programs will examine the issue of inclusion from different viewpoints. The Zoom links for each program can be accessed through EngageD.

Here is the full schedule for 2020 Building Campus Inclusion Week:

Monday, Sept. 14

Noon-1 p.m.
What COVID-19 Exposed: Insecurities and Divides, a discussion panel featuring Xiaozhou Ding, assistant professor of economics; Erik Love, associate professor of sociology; and Sarah Niebler, associate professor of political science.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Noon-1 p.m.
Intersectionality Presentation and Discussion led by Donna Bickford, director of the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.

7 p.m.
Race and Policing, a Clarke Forum program featuring Raff Donelson (Penn State Dickinson Law), Matthew Guariglia (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and Stephanie Jirard (Shippensburg University) and moderated by Vincent Stephens, director of Dickinson’s PSC. This virtual program will be streamed on YouTube Live at

Wednesday, Sept. 16

10-11 a.m.
Environmental Justice Discussion Panel featuring Heather Bedi, assistant professor of environmental studies; and Rafiyqa Muhammad, community organizer.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Restorative Justice Practices for Personal, Community and Institutional Transformation, a presentation and discussion featuring Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, associate professor of Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, and a Gettysburg student.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Food Justice in the COVID and Post-COVID World with panelists Jenn Halpin, director of the College Farm; Brenda Landis, Dickinson multimedia specialist and Carlisle Borough Council member; and Robert Weed ’80, CEO of Project SHARE. Moderated by Siobhan Phillips, associate professor of English.

Thursday, Sept. 17

1-2 p.m.
Different Angles, Shared Goals: a Presentation and Discussion on Anti-Racism With Dickinson Students, featuring Vincent Stephens, director of the PSC; and Christian Perry, assistant director of the PSC.

7 p.m.

Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address: How to Be an Antiracist, a Clarke Forum event featuring Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From the Beginning. Moderated by Vincent Stephens, director of the PSC. This virtual program will be streamed on YouTube Live at

Friday, Sept. 18

11 a.m.-noon

Allyship is a Verb, a student-led workshop featuring Yeslie Barrios '23, Clara Roth '21, Espoir DelMain '21, Jae Chung '23 and Nuhan Abid '22. It will be moderated by Angelica Mishra, civic learning coordinator.

Noon-1 p.m.

When, Where and How of LGBTQ Allyship, a discussion led by Todd Nordgren, director of the Office of LGBTQ Services.

2-3 p.m.

Listening, Learning, LIT: An Allyship Discussion featuring the Library Inclusivity Team, with panelists Meridith Brozik, executive secretary; Ian Boucher, information literacy librarian; Jessica Howard, e-resources & web services librarian; and Malinda Triller-Doran, special collections librarian; with contributions by Laura Pullin Kearney, e-resources technician; and Nidia Werner, circulation services supervisor.

To access Zoom links to any of the above events, check out EngageD.


Published September 14, 2020