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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

    GOODTalk seeks to bring together graduate students, staff and faculty members from across the Univesity to engage around topics which influence our communities and are relevant to understanding and facilitating dialogue. This ten week experience will offer an opportunity for personal reflection and growth, conversations across and about difference, and the development of a social justice knowledge base that will assist in facilitating dialogue with Clemson students.

    Topics participants can expect to explore include, but are not limited to: ability status, gender expression, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status of origin.

    As a result of participating in GOODTalk, you will be able to...

    • develop efficacy in facilitating dialogue.
    • observe and analyze the experiences of others different from yourself.
    • observe and analyze the systems that affect the experiences of others.
    • effectively communicate with people different from yourself.
    • recognize your personal beliefs and values.
    • understand how your personal beliefs and values impact others.
    • critically analyze your roles and responsibilities within Student Affairs as they relate to diverse groups.
    • effectively define social justice concepts

    Enrollment

    We are now accepting applications for anyone interested in participating in GOODTalk for the Fall 2017. Applications are due on Friday, August 4 by 4:30pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, August 11 and sessions will run from the week of August 28-October 30. Apply for GOODTalk here.

  • 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 SCPeer Dialogue Facilitators [PDFs] are a team of undergraduate students whose primary role is to enhance campus climate through programs which improve understanding, appreciation and communication among students at Clemson University. PDFs facilitate dialogue for the Clemson student body in an effort to develop essential communication and leadership skills, which are critical for living and working in diverse and inclusive communities.

    Peer Dialogue Facilitator's foster mutual understanding, compassion, awareness, and meaningful relationships among students from different social identities.

    Creative Inquiry: In addition to the PDFs service as facilitators of intergroup dialogue, faculty, staff and graduate students will partner with the PDF team to engage in a 3 semester Creative Inquiry.  

    This HEHD Creative Inquiry (CI) will provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to engage with faculty, staff and graduate students as practitioners and scholars. In addition to the facilitation of intergroup dialogue, undergraduates serving as Peer Dialogue Facilitators will have the opportunity to compile, analyze, and prepare data for peer-reviewed journals, programs and services, and presentations. Working closely with faculty from the college of HEHD and staff from the Division of Student Affairs, students will learn the research processes and practices of scholarly writing. Additional outcomes include service opportunities in college level teaching, curriculum design, and administrative teams.

    Position Description

    Learning Outcomes: As a result of serving as a Peer Dialogue Facilitator, our students will be able to:

    • Design curriculum for one, two-hour dialogue based on a social identity.
    • Implement curriculum for the Community Dialogue program.
    • Articulate how 2-3 of their social identities impact their interactions with others.
    • Examine the effectiveness of dialogue as a communication tool.
    • Discuss concepts of power, privilege and oppression.
    • Engage in the leadership process to create positive social change.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of research processes.

     
    Responsibilities:

    • Foster a campus environment that promotes mutual respect for all students
    • Facilitate intergroup dialogue through formal programs and informal initiatives
    • Facilitate at least 15 dialogues for incoming first year and transfer students through the Community Dialogue program
    • Mediate conflicts, specifically those which target social identities, and work with students to achieve mutually beneficial resolutions
    • Serve as a liaison to one Residence Hall community, providing training and consultation to the Resident Assistant Staff

     
    Qualifications:

    • If selected as a Peer Dialogue Facilitator, one must enroll in a 3 semester Creative Inquiry [1 Credit per Semester]
    • A minimum GPR of 2.5 is required [verified through Student Records]
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the Fall 2016 semester
    • Be currently free of any academic or disciplinary probation as set by Student Code of Conduct or the Academic Integrity policy [verified through the Office of Community and Ethical Standards]

     
    Benefits:

    • Gain significant leadership experience
    • Practice and improve upon your intercultural communication and competencies
    • Create strong connections with Clemson University staff, faculty and administration
    • Establish life-long friendships with fellow Dialogue Facilitators
    • Make a lasting impact on all incoming students
    • Get paid a two semester stipend


    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.


    Apply to be a Peer Dialogue Facilitator

    We will begin accepting applications now through 5pm on October 18, 2017.

    Apply to be a Peer Dialogue Facilitator. If you have questions regarding the PDF application, contact Esther Philip at eephili@clemson.edu

    Apply here to be a Resident Assistant/Peer Dialogue Facilitator. The RA PDF role is available to returning RA's interested in facilitating conversations with incoming undergraduate students and their residential communities. If you have questions regarding the RA/PDF application, contact Eric Pernotto at epernot@clemson.edu

  • 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