People in various spaces across the world with a range of platforms are grappling with what best practices to have difficult conversations across differences. There are experts like Heather McGhee, President of Demos who will host a talk later today titled, “How to talk to people who offend you” via the TED2017 conference. Discussions across difference benefit you because it allows you to be outside of your comfort zone. One reason why the Office of Student Leadership Development dipped our toes in the waters of encouraging conversations across difference is we recognize how important these conversations are for college leaders who are moved by what they care about to make the world a better place.
In a 2016 interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Lynn Pasquerella stated, “So in a world that is increasingly globally interdependent, and where rapidly changing technology means rapid obsolescence, the best that we can offer students today is the capacity to work with others who are different from themselves in diverse teams. And to be adaptable and flexible in a world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented.” One way that you can work with others who are different is through healthy communication. As you wrap up the semester and prepare for finals season, consider the ways that you can have healthy conversations across socio-cultural differences with members of the William & Mary community.
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Episode 1– An Introduction to Discuss Difference with Anne Arseneau, Director of the Office of Student Leadership Development and Melody Porter, Director of Office of Community Engagement
Episode 2- Discuss Difference: An Introduction to the Chat & Chew Series featuring Shené Owens, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Diversity
Episode 3- Discuss Difference: A Conversation with Dr. Jaime Settle, Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary