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Difficult Dialogues on Diversity

Taking a Knee: Freedom of Speech, Patriotism and Social Justice Activism.

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About the Program

Difficult Dialogues on Diversity is a program that provides a space for critical conversations and ongoing dialogue on a variety or community concerns that often feel uncomfortable or difficult to engage with in a public forum.

Our goal of Difficult Dialogues on Diversity is to empower Montclair State University students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engaging in productive dialogues around complex and controversial topics.

Coordinated through the office of Equity & Diversity, and co-sponsored by the President’s Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, we understand that our campuses need to foster environments where we can freely engage in academic, educational, and civil conversations on the most controversial and polarizing topics of the day. Montclair State is committed to fostering an environment where we engage in these important dialogues on our campus.

What, When & Where

Please join us at our first topic:

Taking a Knee: Freedom of Speech, Patriotism and Social Justice Activism

Two gatherings:

  • Monday, October 23
  • 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Student Center, Ballrooms A&B
  • Thursday, November 2
  • 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Student Center, Ballrooms A&B

The program is open to all Montclair State University students, faculty and staff. It will be moderated and all participants welcomed to share their thoughts in this first of many open dialogues on diversity conversations focused on exploring the concepts of patriotism, racism, and taking a stand by taking a knee. Through open, honest and civil dialogue we can hear and learn.