Webinar Resource Roundup, Part 2

Here is our next Resource Roundup, answering four questions we received during our August and September webinars around the topics of freedom of speech, organizational DEI audits, reparations and more. 

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Campus Engagement/Event Response Teams

During our August Webinar Returning to the (Virtual) Campus, we committed to responding to the additional questions that came in that we were not able to answer during the webinar. Here is the first response to the question: 

What do you think about Student Affairs Professionals supporting student activism and structures of utilizing Campus Engagement/Event Response Teams as a framework?

Authors: Ariella Robbins and Celina Alexander, Villanova University:

The short answer: We think using Campus Engagement/Event Response Teams as a framework is a really effective way to support student activism. Some of the benefits include being proactive in developing plans not only for how to respond as things arise, but also to build and support activism and work to create more inclusive and welcoming spaces. 

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August Webinar Resources

We were so thrilled to have such an amazing panel of speakers and a very engaged audience, during our August virtual event, Returning to the (Virtual) Campus: Activism, Anti-racism and Transforming Community. We received many more questions than we had time for in the Q&A. We have compiled some initial resources. Further, we are excited to share that we will be taking many of the questions and developing expanded responses through a series of blog posts with experts in higher ed.  Each post will dive into one question. We plan to release one post every couple of weeks throughout the fall. If you want to get updates about this content, follow us on Facebook and/or keep an eye on our website.

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Creating Community and Supporting Dialogues to Moving Online

by Anna M. Yeakley, PhD

I was inspired to experiment with facilitating intergroup dialogues online, using Zoom, in early 2019, out of a desire to expand the reach and accessibility of intergroup dialogue.  However, like most of my colleagues, all I had known up to that point was in-person dialogue facilitation. And, also like most, I had a hard time imagining how many of the features of intergroup dialogue could work in an online format.  Yet I was intrigued and excited by the question, “what if?” and I knew that the only way for me to find out what was possible was to try it out for myself, with a live group of participants.

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