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Throughout the 2022-2023 academic year, Know Your Neighbor has become an established bi-weekly program of the Office of Community and Belonging. Through gently facilitated dialogue, participants explore their relationship with religion, faith, spirituality, and culture. Participants are able to share about their diverse traditions and belief systems while engaging in thoughtful conversation about curated topics such as faith expression, religious concepts of love, gender and religion, and more. Each program begins with a review of the Community Intentions and a brief dialogue starter where background information is provided to help guide the conversation to follow. Participants have a chance to reflect on several prompting questions on their own before turning to a neighbor or two to share in small group discussions. After having time to develop thoughts and responses to the central questions of the session with their neighbors, we turn to a large group discussion: the neighborhood. Using the Community Intentions, participants engage in a short dialogue and have the opportunity to share about their own experiences and hear about those of others.

This session of Know Your Neighbor would be scripted and facilitated in accordance with Intergroup Dialogue protocols and aim to explore conversations about the intersections between religion, race, and ethnicity. The process goal of this intergroup dialogue would be to engage in a generative conversation and practice listening, speaking, and asking questions with the purpose of developing shared meaning and understanding across differences. The content goal of this dialogue would be to explore similar and different perspectives about the intersections of race, ethnicity, and religion. In doing this, we would also explore the intersections of privileged and oppressed identities including some of the following questions: what does it mean to have racial privilege and be in a minority ethnicity or be the subject of religious oppression; what does it mean to be a part of a marginalized racial group and in a privileged religious community? 

Co-Facilitators: Amelia Ender, AJ Johnson, Emma Mair, Lynne Sionkiewicz, Nina Baran

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  • Lori Hinckley
  • Carolyn Santiago
  • Kay Dymek
  • Maheen Siddiqi

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