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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

Julie WinokurJulie Winokur
Thursday, September 28, 2017,  6 p.m.
Altgeld Auditorium

In 2012, when her 17-year-old son challenged her political point-of-view, Julie Winokur realized that she was as much to blame for the divisive tone of politics as the people whom she blamed. Bring it to the Table is a personal journey to invite people to sit down and discuss the roots of their political beliefs. The project is about politics, perspectives and above all, listening. Join Julie for a discussion and workshop.

Randy CaspersenRandy Caspersen and The Penguin Project screening
Wednesday, October 4, 2017,  6 p.m.
Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Go Penguins! A film by NIU Department of Communication Assistant Professor Randy Caspersen recently won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. The film follows the creation of a Broadway-style show featuring a cast of children and young adults with disabilities and illustrates how the arts can help us see others for their abilities rather than their limitations. Following the screening there will be a Q&A featuring Professor Caspersen, representatives from the local Penguin Project chapter and other special guests.

Jennine Capó CrucetCommon Reading Experience: Jennine Capó Crucet
Tuesday, October 17, 2017,  6:30 p.m.
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium 

Jennine Capó Crucet, author of NIU’s current Common Reading Experience selection, Make Your Home among Strangers. Social Justice, equitable access to education, immigration, activism, diversity, identity, relationships and familial obligation are themes found throughout this candid fiction around leaving and finding home. Crucet currently works as an Assistant Professor in English and Ethnic studies at University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

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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