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Multicultural Engagement

  • Social Justice Education participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education at Clemson University, Clemson SC
  • Social Justice Education participants at Clemson University, Clemson SC

Welcome to Multicultural Engagement

The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center provides a variety of programs designed to increase dialogue throughout the Clemson community.  We aim to further develop the intercultural competencies of our students, faculty and staff.

Our programs are a platform to tell your story, listen to the stories of others, and form a more meaningful understanding of personal and social identity. In addition to introspection and cultural exploration, we encourage action. Alongside our educational programs, you will find many opportunities for involvement in advocacy and student organizations.

Our Programs

  • GOODTalk

    The concept of community at a large institution like Clemson University can be a complex one.  GOODTalk is meant to be a space to explore community, identity, and values by bringing together university graduate assistants, staff, and faculty.  This 10 week dialogue series enables participants to build cross-campus relationships, learn from new stories and perspectives, and explore topics around inclusion, equity, and organizational change. 

    GOODTalk participants will:

    - Gain KNOWLEDGE on current issues related to social identity and inclusion

    - Cultivate AWARENESS of social identities for themselves and others

    - Develop SKILLS necessary for working in diverse communities

    - Build capacity to take ACTION for positive change at Clemson and beyond

    Fall 2018 GOODTalk will run from the week of September 17th to the week of November 26th (with the week of December 3rd held in case a make-up is necessary). 

    Applications are due by Wednesday, September 12th.  You can apply here. Applicants will be notified of their participation by no later than September 14th. 

    Feel free to message Jacob Frankovich, Associate Director for Multicultural Engagement, at frankov@clemson.edu with any questions! 

  • Community Dialogues

    Community Dialogues at Clemson University, Clemson SCThe personal and professional development of students is a cornerstone of the higher education process. The purpose of Community Dialogues is to help students develop in these areas by 1) promoting an understanding of Clemson University’s core values, 2) providing an opportunity for students to learn and practice skills that will help them better engage with other members of the Clemson Community; and 3) developing critical thinking skills.

    Students who participate in the Community Dialogues program will be able to:

    • Identify important aspects of their personal backgrounds
    • Articulate the value of understanding different perspectives
    • Describe and demonstrate principles of positive social engagement in communication with others
    • Understand how the core values of honesty, integrity and respect relate to being responsible members of the Clemson Community

     
    Students will accomplish this through completion of a 90 minute workshop during which they will engage with peers from diverse backgrounds, learn more about the use of dialogue as an effective method of communication, and practice those skills with their peers. Workshop activities will accentuate and strengthen students’ understanding of the core values and their implications for involvement with the Clemson community. Completion of a Community Dialogue workshop and the following online quiz are required to pass CU1000.

    Completing your Community Dialogue Assignment
    Following your Dialogue, you are expected to complete an online quiz through Blackboard. Details for your assignment are included under ‘Community Dialogues' in the Assignments tab located in the left navigation bar. For more information, please contact Jacob Frankovich, Associate Director for Multicultural Engagement at frankov@clemson.edu.

    CU1000

    Community Dialogues is a core component of CU1000, a program designed to transition new students to life at Clemson. CU1000 is a series of activities scheduled throughout the first semester. 

  • Peer Dialogue Facilitators

    Peer Dialogue Facilitators at Clemson University, Clemson SC

    The Peer Dialogue Facilitator (PDF) is a specialized paraprofessional position within the Gantt Multicultural Center.  PDFs are a team of undergraduate students whose primary role is to support inclusivity efforts at Clemson University.  PDFs facilitate dialogue for Clemson students in an effort to develop essential communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills.  Ultimately, these skills are crucial for being engaged citizens in diverse and inclusive communities.  PDFs seek to foster understanding, compassion, awareness, and relationships among students from various social identities.

    Basic Qualifications & Prerequisites:

    - Enrollment as a full-time student during the 3 Academic semesters of involvement: Spring 2019, Fall 2020, and Spring 2020

    - Enrollment and successful completion of a 3 semester Creative Inquiry: EDSA 2990, 3990, and 4990

    - 2.0 GPA (Semester & Cumulative)

    - Conduct in Good Standing

    Compensation & Benefits:

    - The PDF will:

         * Receive a stipend for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters

         * Gain significant leadership experience

         * Develop skills in facilitating dialogue, navigating triggers, inquiring critically, and mediating conflict

         * Create strong connections with Clemson University staff, faculty, and students

         * Make a lasting impact on the Clemson University community

    Learning Outcomes:

    - Students will gain KNOWLEDGE on current issues related to social identity and inclusion

    - Students will develop AWARENESS of social identities for themselves and others

    - Students will build SKILLS to work toward more inclusive communities

    - Students will take ACTION supporting a more inclusive community at Clemson and beyond

    Responsibilities & Expectations:

    - Attend required training and retreat experiences

    - Facilitate Community Dialogues, as required for all incoming students as a part of CU-1000

         * Each PDF will facilitate two Community Dialogue sessions per week

    - Communicate in a timely fashion regarding position and course responsibilities

    - Support marketing efforts for and show visibility during Gantt Multicultural Center and other campus events related to identity, inclusion, and social justice

    - Facilitate dialogue related to the Campus Social Issue project introduced in Spring 2018

    - Attend bi-weekly 1on1 meetings with the Associate Director and Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Engagement

    - Engage in special projects during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, which could include:

         * Serving as a RA PDF

         * Facilitating Intergroup Dialogue courses

         * Participating on Gantt Multicultural Center committees and planning teams

         * Facilitating LGBTQ Ally Trainings (and potentially developing new trainings)

         * Facilitating Campus Conversations on hot topics and current events

         * Exploring research opportunities related to identity, inclusion, and social justice at Clemson

    - Participating in performance evaluation processes

    - Engage in weekly class experiences through the PDF Creative Inquiry course

    Applications

    Apply here for the PDF position! Applications will be accepted now through Friday, October 19th at 11:59 pm.  

    If you have any questions about the PDF position or the application process please message Jacob Frankovich at frankov@clemson.edu

    Meet Our Peer Dialogue Facilitators

    Click on our links below to watch our personal video testimonies and learn more about our experiences as Peer Dialogue Facilitators.

  • Intergroup Dialogues

    Intergroup Dialogues logo at Clemson University, Clemson SCIntergroup Dialogues are 3-credit courses carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and justice. Students will engage in the analysis and understanding of issues of diversity and justice, as well as build practical skills to communicate across difference. Skills acquired through our course have multidisciplinary applications and are applicable in diverse work places and among diverse populations.

    Our course offering changes each semester based upon interest. Our dialogues involve identity groups defined by race & ethnicity, religion & spirituality, or gender & sexuality. Each identity group is represented in the dialogue by a balanced number of student participants from each group. Trained student facilitators, one from each represented identity group, coordinate a number of activities and orchestrate a diverse curriculum in an effort to encourage dialogue rather than debate.

    Students examine and discuss reading materials that address issues and experiences relevant to the groups in the dialogue, in relation to both the University setting and general society. Facilitators and participants explore similarities and differences among and across groups, and strive toward building a multicultural and democratic community.

    Why must I apply?

    Intergroup Dialogue is enhanced by diverse voices; accordingly we encourage the inclusion of multiple identities and perspectives.  For example, a dialogue on Race and Ethnicity is typically comprised of distinct identity group including students of color, white students, and multi-racial students who also bring unique experiences regarding social class, religion, nationality, ability, and other ideologies.  A dialogue on Race and Ethnicity Identity is typically comprised of students with various identities around race and ethnicity and who also endorse a wide range of other identities and positions. 

    It is not our intention to suggest that members of the same identity group share the same perspective; rather it is our aim to encourage communication across a rich variety of differences while sharing some broad group memberships to enhances learning and dialogue. The placement form below helps us construct inclusive courses.

    Apply here by November 17.

  • Values Summit

    Values Summit program at Clemson University, Clemson SCthanks to all who helped make the 2nd Annual Clemson University Values Summit: Building the Clemson Family a success. Through interactive and educational presentations, small-group discussions and action-oriented brainstorming sessions, the Values Summit will engage members of the Clemson University community on various social justice concepts and their alignment with Clemson University’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect.

    See below for a schedule of the 2017 Values Summit. Please check back soon for more information regarding our 2018 event.

    Kicking off the summit will be our special guest and keynote speaker Dr. Mykee Fowlin, a psychologist, performer and poet. This event is $5 for registered Clemson students, and $10 for faculty, staff, and community members. The registration fee will include lunch. Space will be limited, so early registration is recommended..

    Schedule of Events — March 11, 2017
    Registration: 9:15–10:00 a.m., Watt Center Atrium
    Opening and Keynote: 10:00–11:30 a.m., Watt Center Auditorium
    Lunch and Networking: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Watt Center Atrium
    Breakout Sessions: 1:30–2:30 p.m. and 2:30–3:30 p.m., Academic Success Center
    Closing: 3:40–4 p.m., Watt Center Auditorium