By Marj O’Neill ’21, staff writer
Lebanon Valley College will hold its seventh annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The Symposium of Inclusive Excellence is a community event designed to engage and educate students and community members with acknowledging and embracing differences and diversity within the campus community.
The symposium begins with a keynote speaker, followed by various educational sessions, dialogues and interactive simulations on different topics such as poverty, intersectionality and more, with a community lunch included. Students are highly encouraged to attend the symposium and classes will not be held on Jan. 21.
Educational sessions, dialogues and interactive simulations will be facilitated by LVC professors Barbara McNulty, the director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery; Ruth Naomi Floyd; Tameka K. Hatcher, Civil Rights Educator; Diversity and Inclusion professional; staff from the LGBT Community Center of Central Pa; the interim director of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library and more.
Some educational sessions, dialogues, and interactive simulations that will be featured include: BaFá BaFá, a face-to-face learning simulation (game) that enables you to experience what it is like to live or work in another culture, a human library designed to explain and challenge stereotypes, a traveling history exhibit honoring the efforts that activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania for full equality for the LGBTQ+ community and recognizing differences and biases, just to name a few.
Students should register for educational sessions, dialogues and interactive sessions online for space purposes. The symposium is free and open to the general public. Ruth Naomi Floyd’s keynote speech will be at 10 a.m. to begin the event.