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The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT) welcomes the campus community to a Canisius Conversations event on Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Canisius Conversations is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss topics and issues related to inclusion.

The goal of the upcoming Conversations event, titled “Otherness & Celebrity Influences,” is to discuss the ways otherness is constructed and the role celebrities play in reinforcing this stigma. The Conversation will begin with a short reflection by Shyam Sriram, PhD, assistant professor of political science, followed by small group discussions and sharing. If you are interested in serving as a facilitator at the event, please sign up here.

The Canisius Conversations event promotes 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. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes, and offices and departments are welcome to attend as a group.

For additional information, please contact Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, at Ext. 2118 or

Convened in spring 2020 by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the BRRT is a 16-member college committee comprised of faculty, staff and students. The BRRT is devoted to campus-wide education and the promotion of best practices in addressing incidents and practices involving institutional and individual violations of college policies and values in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

We hope you will join the Conversation on February 28!

Submitted by: The Bias Resource and Response Team (BRRT)