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Being A Bronco: Diversity and Inclusion Series
Establish: During Summer Orientation, incoming first-year students establish a connection with the Jesuit/Ignatian perspective on inclusion and social justice. Students participate in "Community Values," which explains how race, class, gender, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, age, religion or spirituality, and disability and ability affect individuals and their experience. This allows students to recognize their behavior(s) and its impact on others.
Explore: After Orientation and prior to starting school in the Fall, students are challenged to explore their values, assumptions, and biases that may perpetuate injustice or oppress others. This is done virtually through the Online Diversity Module (ODM). Various modules challenges the concept of neutrality and colorblind ideologies; provides students responses to microaggressions; and allows for a deeper examination of the nature of institutional oppression, power, and privilege.
Embrace: A couple of weeks after students arrive on campus, students embrace the concepts of inclusion and social justice by openly identifying and discussing issues around cultural differences. Students are tasked in becoming advocates for social change to help make the campus climate at SCU more inclusive and equitable. Students are introduced to the dangers of aversive racism and develop a personal commitment to social justice and combatting oppression.
OML’s Difficult Dialogue series is intended to bring various unique perspectives from across campus to engage in important political and controversial issues. The goal of this series is to freely discuss issues that impact the SCU, local, and global community. We strive to create a safe and brave space in which communal learning can occur.