The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting the next installment in their Real Talk Diversity Series next week.
The event, titled RaceTalk Workshop, will take place on Friday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Adrian Trimpe building and will be facilitated by Dawnielle Simmons, founder of Racial Literacy Advocates, a consulting LLC focused on furthering racial dialogue.
“It’s a celebration of the expertise we have here on campus,” said Lindsey Palar, the director of diversity training and education at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, on how the Real Talk events draw on experts from the WMU community to help lead these discussions including Simmons, who is a current Ph.D. candidate at WMU.
“I think we sometimes think of the Real Talk series as co-curricular and sort of very much outside of the classroom...but it’s really important learning and engagement,” said Palar.
The series of discussions come in three different forms with varying levels of audience participation. These take the form of panels, dialogues, and workshops, ranging from open discussion and presentations to in-depth talks with heavy audience interaction.
“Real Talk is a cool space because it’s open to the public. It’s students but also faculty, staff, and community members,” said Palar.
The event has free admission, but limited space. To reserve a spot or for further information visit: https://wmich.edu/diversity/events/real-talk-diversity-series-2019-20