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Diversity Dialogues

To engage in civil discourse:

  • Be ready to listen for understanding.
  • Think about ways to solve problems together.
  • Be accountable for what you say and do.
  • Be open and think critically about what you hear.
  • Acknowledge communities strengths.
  • Find ways to create positive change.

The Diversity Dialogue series is for participants to heighten their awareness, become comfortable in engaging in intersectional dialogue and utilize the understanding obtained to expand beyond cultural competency to the action of social justice.


  • Reflect our institution’s unique culture and current issues facing the campus by recognizing intersectional divides and how they came to exist
  • Encourage discourse around differences and lend a hand to reinventing our campus climate by working to combat how unilateral discourse silos or separates voices
  • Promote unity, awareness, engagement and action as core concepts for open and civil dialogue around complex topics

Ju HongJu Hong
Tuesday, November 14, 2017,  5 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium 

Ju Hong, a recent University of California, Berkeley graduate shares his story as one of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America today. Halmoni, which means grandmother in Korean, is a documentary that follows the 24-year-old immigrant activist and his struggle to understand his own identity and familial responsibility as he travels back to South Korea to reunite with his grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After thirteen years of separation from his family, Hong discovers, in their reunion, that being undocumented is not just a label to define one’s immigration status; it is an integral part of one’s identity.

Sponsors: Asian American Resource Center, DREAM ACTion NIU, First- and Second-Year Experience, Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the NIU parking garage.

To request disability-related accomodations contact Jennifer Withers at 815-753-8399.

These events are Business Passport Approved and Honors Engaged.

Contact Us

Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
Altgeld Hall 215


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