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Twice a month, DEEP Impact holds dialogues that aim to educate students on different aspects of diversity and create a brave and open space for engaging in conversation and learning from one another. Each dialogue varies based on the topic, but typically involves a brief educational overview of content following a group dialogue. Our student Diversity Educator team chooses the topics, creates the presentations, and facilitates the dialogue, using a peer-to-peer model. We encourage participants to step out of their comfort zone to share their perspectives and engage with the viewpoints of their classmates. Dialogues typically last around an hour and a half and are open to all students.

Have any questions, or plan on attending with a large group, like a res hall or class? Please email Tonya Lazdowski at lazdowtf@jmu.edu.

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  • Sep 12: DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogue: #TrendingNow Summer 2018, Hosted by a team of student Diversity Educators, this dialogue will cover a variety of current events ranging from wildfires in California to political hacking. Participants will be able to navigate between several stations focused on 'hot topics' from the summer months. DEEP Impact facilitators will provide participants with background knowledge on a given topic before leading into small and large group dialogues.
  • Oct 3: DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogue: Sizeism, In collaboration with REACH, this dialogue will discuss the effects of sizeism and body shaming on emotional wellness.
  • Oct 10: DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogue: Afrofuturism, This dialogue will discuss the developing intersection of the African Diaspora and technology.
  • Nov 7: DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogue: Reimagining Sexism Beyond the Gender Binary: Heterosexism and Cissexism, Join us to learn more about the gender binary, the gender spectrum, and the biases associated with each.
  • Dec 5: DEEP Impact Diversity Dialogue: The Colonization of Hip Hop, Hosted by a team of student Diversity Educators and the DEEP Impact class, this dialogue will identify the history, culture, and inception of hip-hop music as well as examine the impact of current-day music on our culture.

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