As a place that encourages productive conversation and values interconnectedness, Centre College will host Building Bridges and Community Day on Nov. 1. The event is an intentional effort to allow the entire Centre campus—students, faculty and staff—to better understand the multitude of different perspectives that are represented across every section of its community. In preparation for the day’s activities, classes will be shortened and offices will close early. Click here for program (PDF).
“There will be opportunities to learn about creating a more inclusive community no matter the identity marker or status label,” said Andrea Abrams, anthropology professor and interim associate vice president for diversity initiatives.
“The goal is to encourage members of the College to speak to, have some fun with and learn from people with whom they do not often interact, as well as to give people from different backgrounds the opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences in an environment that is respectful and welcoming.”
When choosing to attend Centre, many students agree that the close-knit, communal properties of the College are what sets it apart from larger institutions, and this community is not created simply by placing students closely together. As Abrams describes it, “a community is not a collection of bodies in a space. A community is truly seeing, hearing and respecting each other as individuals.”
Expanding beyond the comfortable encourages growth in individuals and in groups, and this is one of the fundamental pillars of Centre’s identity.
“This day,” describes Abrams, “is about strengthening one of the most valuable aspects of Centre College: our community.”
The event will begin with lunch in Cowan at 12:30 p.m., which will give students the opportunity to talk with peers about important topics that affect the campus community, followed by an afternoon of 36 workshop offerings beginning at 2:30 p.m. The day will culminate at 5:30 p.m. with an event planned by SGA to encourage discussion about strengthening the bond of the Centre community through inclusivity and understanding.
by Ben Bennett ’19
October 26, 2018