A group of Undergraduate, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered over dinner in the Reynolda Hall on Monday, October 29, 2018, to discuss Community.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Our conversation, framed around community, connected to many aspects of our personal lives and encouraged healthy conversation.  This led to coasting down memory lane as we revisited our childhoods, cultural identities, and lived experiences.
  • For many of us, our identities (e.g. race/ethnicity, religious, service organization, parental role) was a major factor in our connection with our community and how it made us feel valued.
  • Within our individual journeys, there were some common traits as we sought out our communities, which were the ability to adapt, seek support, persevere, work towards a common purpose, and establish trust.
  • Also, as we continue to build our communities we need to continue to be creative, acknowledge other communities, enjoy the experience, respect the various views on diversity.
  • Lastly, many of us have been a part of an unexpected community.  Let’s always remember that “We have the potential to be someone else’s community.”