Multicultural Student Services offers Community Dialogue Series

Multicultural Student Services offers Community Dialogue Series

From Multicultural Student Services

The core convictions of the University of St. Thomas state that as a community we are committed to “pursuit of truth, academic excellence, faith and reason, dignity, diversity, personal attention and gratitude.” With that in mind, the Office of Multicultural Student Services in collaboration with other university departments, will sponsor Community Dialogues.

The intent is to challenge members of the St. Thomas community to engage in honest and meaningful dialogue centering on topics consistent with our convictions. Dialogues will encourage listening and understanding of experiences and perceptions different from one’s own, challenge us to probe for deeper levels of awareness and perhaps discover new ways of building a stronger community.

“Multicultural Student Services at a Catholic University: An Oxymoron?”

This event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Commuter Center lounge, lower level, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Facilitators for the event will be Father Jeff Huard and Denae Fielder, Campus Ministry; and Denise Dieffenbach, Multicultural Student Services.

The University of St. Thomas has a rich heritage as a diocesan Catholic university with deeply rooted traditions that make it unique. Some in our university community are unsure as to their place within our Catholic identity. What is the meaning of a Catholic university? How do diversity and multiculturalism fit into our university’s Catholic identity?

Join other students, staff and faculty for a presentation and open dialogue that we hope will encourage informed, thoughtful inquiry about what it means to be a member of a Catholic university from varying perspectives. We challenge you to show up and contribute to building a greater community by sharing your perspective.

“What we Share: A Conversation About the Common Good”

This event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Common Ground, 2154 Summit Ave.

Facilitators for the event will be Denae Fielder, Campus Ministry; Mike Klein, Justice and Peace Studies; and Denise Deiffenbach and Lisa Mueller, Multicultural Student Services.

UST’s mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.

Let’s continue the dialogue and deepen our understanding of what we share. What is the “common good?” Through dialogue, let’s listen to each other’s perspectives and discover and enhance a St. Thomas community that fosters respect and civility.