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Cultivating Community

Fostering Inclusivity Through Dialogue

Cultivating Community is a series that draws on mindful dialogue and creative thinking as the tools through which we can learn, understand, connect and grow. The initiative affirms SUNY Geneseo’s value for inclusivity, which we define as “fostering a diverse campus community marked by mutual respect for the unique talents and contributions of each individual.”

Each dialogue provides participants with the opportunity to voice their experience on a specific topic, learn from others’ perspectives, share innovative ideas and explore new possibilities.

Staff member speaking

Student listening

Staff member talking

Upcoming Dialogue

Monday, October 21, 2019 from 2:30-3:45p.m. in the College Union Ballroom

Topic: Making Inclusion Our Middle Name: Cultivating a campus identity that ‘oozes’ inclusion

In line with our theme of Campus Climate and Engagement and Cultural Harmony Week’s theme of Identity in Action, we will explore the topic “Making Inclusion Our Middle Name: Cultivating a campus identity that ‘oozes’ inclusion.” During this dialogue, we will consider a variety of important questions such as What everyday practices demonstrate engagement and help foster a strong campus climate? How do we cultivate a climate that embodies engagement? How can we help each other ‘ooze’ inclusion?

Opening Speakers: Kelsey Dux  (Communication Major) and Alice Rutkowski (Associate Professor of English)

Future Dialogue

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Student Facilitator Workshop

Interested in developing your facilitation skills? With strong facilitation skills, you can lead conversations that transform minds and propel positive social change. Attend this session to build foundational facilitation skills and then practice your new skills by co-facilitating dialogues at the Cultivating Community series.

Facilitator: robbie routenberg, chief diversity officer, Office of Diversity and Equity

  • Future Dates: TBA


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Questions About the Series Contact:

Meredith Harrigan, professor of communication, and series co-coordinator
Phone: (585) 245-6331

robbie routenberg, chief diversity officer, and series co-coordinator
Phone: (585) 245-5020