Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
In accordance with our commitment to racial justice and equity, Gemstone will host a town hall for our community each semester as an opportunity to listen to our community and be held accountable to these commitments and goals.
Learn more about the Gemstone Leadership Council's efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion and the new Equity-Centered Dialogue Facilitation course: HONR338J Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue: Dialogue Facilitation Practicum is an experiential course where students learn and practice dialogue facilitation skills.
Engages students, from one or more cultural identity groups, in facilitated dialogue about the similarities and differences of experience that exist within a group and/or between and across groups. The goal of intergroup dialogue is for students to develop comfort with, and skill for, discourse on identity-based topics toward the end of fostering positive, meaningful, and sustained cross-group relationships. Whereas in debate, students learn to listen to gain advantage, in intergroup dialogue, students learn to listen to gain understanding. In so doing, students develop increased multicultural interaction facility, heightened intergroup awareness and sensitivity, and greater commitment to civic engagement. Examples include a facilitated dialogue following Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's Presidential Symposium, a conversation on environmental racism, and a discussion on racism in engineering and computer science.