Following Dialogue Day
faculty members, staff, and administrators attended the Action Forum
on October 14. A follow-up to the Dialogue Day held in September, the
Action Forum was the “next step” in developing concrete means for
acceptance of all manner of diversity at Trinity.
Post-Graduate Fellow for Multicultural Affairs, Haron Atkinson, the
two-hour event yielded a number of suggestions and ideas that will be
closely looked at and delegated to the proper institutional
organizations. Atkinson explains, “The idea is to utilize the
resources we already have in place to help make things better for the
entire community.” He cites the example of a suggestion that a
Residence Hall Council System be established, separate from the R.A.
system, and notes that the idea will be forwarded to the Residential
Life office. “Then they may take a look at its feasibility and begin
to take some steps towards making that a reality,” Atkinson says.
Among the myriad,
insightful suggestions for action, the most frequently cited included:
Enhance publicity for programs sponsored
by campus cultural and service organizations
Establish residence hall councils to
create a greater sense of ownership of the campus environment
Assure that public events -- both those
sponsored by College offices and those sponsored by student
organizations -- are genuinely inclusive.
Encourage faculty and staff involvement
with student organizations
Encourage and enable faculty to
incorporate relevant diversity content in existing courses
Strengthen and incorporate
diversity-related content in First-Year Program 2nd semester
According to Atkinson,
“We have many good suggestions, now the next step is to figure out
which organizational structures are already in place to get things
For a detailed report
on the Action Forum, contact Atkinson at ext. 4251.
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