Alcorn hosts its 3rd Diversity Dialogue, challenges participants to confront themselves

Alcorn hosts its 3rd Diversity Dialogue, challenges participants to confront themselves

On Tuesday, January 31, approximately 50 students, staff, faculty, and administrators participated in the third Diversity Dialogue sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity Engagement at Alcorn State University.

Following a diversity inspired breakfast, the group engaged in the task at hand for this session – confronting their own belief systems and biases in order to make personal change. Through a series of interactive activities and focused discussions, attendees had an opportunity to build community and the bonds of trust necessary to open up dialogue about biases. Individuals shared their own stories of prejudice and pledged their commitment to work on eliminating existing biases that they hold. One student commented that, based on negative encounters growing up, she had maintained negative perceptions of her own racial group – but as a result of attending Alcorn, she has developed a healthy sense of racial identity and pride.

Dr. Derek Greenfield, director of Diversity and Equity Engagement at Alcorn, affirmed the growth achieved during the event: “It was so powerful to see the Alcorn family, including myself, work through personal belief systems and emerge with a stronger sense of dedication to enhancing the spirit of inclusion on our campus so that everyone feels respected and valued.”

According to feedback received on evaluation forms, participants also found the experience to be enlightening and enjoyable: “This was a wonderful event”, “Awesome”, “Will be at many, many more”, “Loved the ability to speak out”, “Eye opening”, “This is great for Alcorn”.

The next Diversity Dialogue will be held in February. It will examine the experiences of international students and faculty. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Dr. Greenfield at [email protected] or call 601.877.7600.

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