RACE IN AMERICA: AN UNFINISHED PROJECT?

Discussion Day: Feb. 20, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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The public is welcomed at all Discussion Day programs. All events are free. For information about Discussion Day, 
please contact us at discussionday@manchester.edu


Discussion Day Schedule 

(1 VIA credit for Keynote Address)

All Discussion Day events will be taking place at the Manchester University Main Campus at various locations in ACEN. 

9:00-10:15a: Registration @ Cordier Auditorium
10:30-11:45a: Keynote Address by Lisa Givan
Noon-12:50p: Workshops 
2:15-3:30p: Caucuses 
3:40-4:00p: Closing Statements by Raylene Rospond



Discussion Day Preregistration:

We invite you to preregister for the event by clicking here: Preregistration Link


Concurrent Workshop Sessions

(1 VIA credit for attending 1 workshop + 1 caucus)

Noon - 12:50 p.m. at various locations in ACEN.
Register for a workshop of your choice  9 - 10:15 a.m. in the Cordier lounge.


  • African-Americans and the Police: The Challenge of Building Trust (ACEN 238; FW 136) - facilitated by Alicia Dailey, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Garry Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Police, Fort Wayne, Ahmed Abdelmageed, Assistant Dean of Student, Alumni, and Community Engagement
  • Does Nonviolence work better than Violence?  Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement (ACEN 243) - facilitated by Elton Skendaj, Muir Professor of Peace Studies
  • Finding a Common Ground through Difficult Dialogue (ACEN 364) - facilitated by Heather Schilling, Professor of Education, and Faith-Alexis Graham, Senior Sports Management Major
  • Race: Are we so Different? (ACEN 234) - facilitated by Melissa Rinehart, Director of Community Relations at Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
  • Race Matters at MU (ACEN 354) - facilitated by Beate Gilliar, Professor of English, and Ali Goetcheus, Director of the Center for Service Opportunities
  • There's Something in the Water: Intersections of Race and the Environment (ACEN 369) - facilitated by Jared Friesen, Assistant Professor of Sociology 
  • What's in the Mindset Matters (ACEN 149) - facilitated by Lisa Givan, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer, Indiana Tech
  • Who are We and What does it Matter? (ACEN 146; FW 132) - facilitated by Patrick Ashton, Lecturer of Sociology, and Shekher Mohan, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Concurrent Caucusing Sessions 

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. at various locations in ACEN

There are 21 caucuses on offer and are categorized as follows:

  • Asian/Asian American
  • Biracial/Multiracial/Transracial
  • Black/African American
  • Latina/o/x
  • White 

The caucuses will be moderated by faculty, staff and friends of MU community.

More Information on the Discussion Day Caucus Events:

DD General Information
DD Caucus Group Curriculum


Discussion Day Committee 2019:

  • Uma Ganesan (Committee Chair): Assistant Professor of History
  • Ahmed Abdelmageed: Assistant Dean of Student, Alumni and Community Engagement & Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Gabriela Morales: Assistant Professor of Health Communication & Director of the Community Health Worker Program
  • Michael Dixon: Director of Intercultural Services & Chief Diversity Officer
  • Zander Willoughby: Peace Studies Coordinator
  • Amira Siddiqui: History Major, Manchester Student