Over the next two days (Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20), the Council on Inclusion in Diversity will be hosting an intensive workshop and discussion featuring Dr. Maura Cullen, an expert on the issues of diversity and leadership.
Dr. Cullen’s highly interactive program, titled We Are Wheaton: Building a More Inclusive Community, will be centered on how to make a more welcoming and inclusive community here at Wheaton. She describes the event as an honest and engaging program with the hopes to inspire its participants to create a more inclusive community.
“Our biggest challenge in achieving this goal,” says Dr. Cullen, “is our fear of being judged and misunderstood. At times we are so afraid of saying the ‘wrong’ thing that we make the biggest mistake of all which is to say nothing. Get beyond your fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and learn more effective and compassionate ways to connect.”
The campus is still feeling the aftershock of the bias incident that occurred last month and this two-day workshop is a great way to release your thoughts on the Wheaton community and how we can improve it.
President Hanno has been advocating for this event via email to the entire Wheaton campus. His year-long initiative titled Building Community Together embodies the goal of creating “an environment of openness and mutual respect and appreciation.” Now is our chance to learn more about this goal and how we can achieve it.
Please join President Hanno in this initiative by attending Dr. Cullen’s workshops either tonight or tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Hindle Auditorium. Pizza and an open discussion will follow the program.