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The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) welcomes the campus community to the inaugural Canisius Conversations event on Tuesday, April 5 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. New this year, Canisius Conversations offers an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss topics and issues related to inclusion.

The first “Conversation,” titled “Do You Know Your Neighbor?” begins with a short reflection by Erin E. Robinson, PhD, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Studies. Dr. Robinson will ask participants to think about the connections made in their lives both over time and spontaneously.  “How we connect with others is important, and at times it is those in our community who we think we know that we end up passing by and not knowing at all,” notes Dr. Robinson.  “These conversations will allow us to open our minds and hearts to those close to us, our neighbors, by engaging in an active listening process to say, ‘I hear you and I am here.’”

The reflection will be followed by small group discussions and sharing.  If you are interested in serving as a facilitator at the event, please sign up here.

These “Conversations” will promote the principles of Ignatian Conversation: Listen attentively, seek the truth in what others say, disagree humbly, respectfully, and thoughtfully, and allow the conversation the time it needs.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the “Conversation.” Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes, and offices and departments are welcome to attend as a group.

For additional information, contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, at Ext. 2118 or

Submitted by College Communications