• Past Initiatives and Resources

    The university hosts, sponsors, and presents a myriad of events, dialogues, workshops, and other development opportunities addressing issues of inclusive excellence. This page is meant to capture those that the Office of Inclusive Excellence directly presents and sponsors and related resources.

  • 2019 Events

    The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students

    Tuesday, November 19
    1:30-3 p.m.
    Anderson Center, room 112

    Dr. Anthony Jack, assistant professor at Harvard University and author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, shared his insights about how institutions can begin to rethink serving a changing student demographic. It comes at a time when institutions are trying to increase the percentage of students from impoverished backgrounds through need-blind applications, greater outreach, and scholarship programs. His findings suggest entrenched class distinctions that manifest themselves not just in the clothes students wear and the vacations they take, but in what they understand about college, expect of their professors, and imagine for themselves.

    Deconstructing Safe Space

    November 5, December 3, and December 17, 2019
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Anderson Center, room 111

    Faculty and staff attended this session (one of three offered) led by Dr. David Everett, associate vice president for inclusive excellence. This structured, interactive presentation addresses how to navigate the challenges we face as an institution, where an understanding of “safe space” is very important. Learn how a traditional definition of—and approach to—these spaces does not take into account the significant realities and pertinent dynamics that actually hinder spaces from being safe. This presentation will show that in order to achieve true inclusion, discomfort-free spaces cannot exist. In order for spaces to be productive, they need to be approached as challenging constructs that require risk, vulnerability, and reflection.

    Campus Conversations and Community Dialogues 

    October 16, 2019
    Noon and 3 p.m.

    October 31, 2019
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

    Kay Fredericks Room, Klas Center

    Members of the Hamline community gathered at the Klas Center to discuss racial incidents on campus, incidents on social media, and their impact on affected groups.

    Community-Based Learning: Reciprocity, Power, and Privilege Conversation with Nadinne Cruz 

    October 3, 2019
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Anderson Center, room 112 

    In 1989, Nadinne Cruz, an early pioneer in community-based experiential learning in higher education, published the essay "A Challenge to the Notion of Service." In this groundbreaking piece, Cruz speaks about the contradictions and dilemmas of service learning. 

    Since that time, the field has evolved and the language of service learning has changed to community-engaged learning. But have the practices we use in 2019 also transformed enough, or are Cruz's early concerns about our social realities, history, and practice of community-based experiential learning still as valid as they were in 1989? 

    Faculty and staff came together to hear Nadinne Cruz reflect on this and engage in discussion to help inform conversations about issues of reciprocity, power, and privilege in community-engaged learning.

    Reflections on DiAngelo Event and Overview of Listening Sessions

    February 28, 2019
    11 am.-12:30 p.m.
    Anderson Center, room 112 

    As mentioned during the DiAngelo event, Dr. Everett hosted a follow-up event to provide time and space for further reflection and discussion. An overview of campus listening sessions was given along with the opportunity to discuss next steps so that rather than minimizing, dismissing and/or attempting to ignore the realities of our community, we can continue to address them constructively.

    Exploring the Challenges of Racism, Privilege, and Power: In the Classroom, Across the Institution, Throughout the Community

    January 29, 2019
    9 a.m.-noon
    Anderson Center, rooms 111-112 

    Robin DiAngelo, PhD, the New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, presented her work on white fragility and how it perpetuates racism inherent in US culture, institutions, and systems. Read more about this event.

  • Resources

    Robin DiAngelo Workshop on White Fragility

    Robin DiAngelo has a number of resources available on her website. Additionally, the resources below are good primers on DiAngelo’s work and resources for continued work around the issue of white fragility:

    Anthony Jack Presentation on the Privileged Poor

    In addition to his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Anthony Jack has a number of other resources available: 

    Other Resources