Centre College students, faculty and staff gathered for a day of community-building events during the second annual Building Bridges and Community Day, Nov. 5.
The campus-wide event focused on creating opportunities for individuals to better understand the variety of voices and perspectives represented in the Centre community.
Building Bridges and Community Day also provided skills and opportunities to foster inclusive community building. The afternoon began with a luncheon and ended with a Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored celebration.
During this year’s event, there were more than 50 sessions offered, including workshops on strategies to foster a more inclusive community; panels where individuals shared their unique perspectives and experiences; sessions on how to talk across differences with civility and empathy; spaces to practice emotional and physical well-being; and events to celebrate the diverse artistic practices among campus.
“The sessions were so popular that some community members signed up for well over three and many of the sessions were standing room only,” said Ashley Oliver, director of diversity and inclusion programming. “I hope that with our second event, the Centre community is getting used to this idea, which will make it even bigger, better and bolder next year.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 11, 2019