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Iowa Ideas at The Gazette
Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free speech -- and Iowa is no different.
At Iowa Ideas 2017, September 20-22 in Cedar Rapids, panelists said communities need to get used to having uncomfortable conversations in order to increase inclusion and acceptance of diversity.
“I think many times folks have that “Iowa Nice” mentality, and we’d like to just kind of diffuse the tension and not have to think about it,” said Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, executive director of LGBT advocacy organization One Iowa. “I think it’s time for us, as people of privilege, whatever that privilege might be, to lean in to that discomfort and really start engaging in those proactive conversations.”
Melissa Shivers, vice president for student life at the University of Iowa
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Executive Director of One Iowa
Kate Gregory, senior vice president of university services at Iowa State University
Moderator: Emily Barske, Iowa Ideas 2017 intern and Editor in Chief of the Iowa State Daily
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How higher education institutions are working with community partners to respond to charged incidents, both on and off campus
How community members can be allies with marginalized communities
How building personal relationships can shape our perceptions and rhetoric
How campuses are creating space for difficult conversations to take place
Read more: One Iowa recently hosted the first Eastern Iowa LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit