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Meet Me at the Polls: Seeking Out Your Political Identity in a Divided Climate

by Ronnie K. Williams, assistant director of Multicultural Student Life

As we embark on this new semester as the Volunteer family, now more than ever it feels crucial that we as a community take action to show all people that they matter and they belong here on campus. Part of mattering, belonging, and inclusivity is the ability to have crucial dialogue with one another about our identities, differences, and views.

Multicultural Student Life and the Diversity Educators, in partnership with the Parent and Families Fund Grant, are hosting our annual Diversity Dialogue Symposium as a way for students, faculty, and staff to engage in the conversation. The theme of the symposium this year is “Meet Me at the Polls: Seeking Out Your Political Identity in a Divided Climate” and centers around the politics and policies that will affect us all as we move into another election season. We want to personally invite each of our staff in the Division of Student Life, the students that you work with closely, and other campus and community partners you may know to join the dialogue.

We feel that it is important to have representation from all aspects of the campus and community and know that this will allow our students the opportunity to discuss their own lived experiences, as well as an opportunity to learn more about yours. Please use the link below to RSVP by October 14. This is an opportunity for us as a community to live out Vol is a Verb and to be you and bear the torch! We will see you on October 25!

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9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Registration & Coffee

10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Welcome from Multicultural Student Life & the Diversity Educators

10:10 am – 11 a.m.
Respect My Vote, Protect My Vote – Voter Disenfranchisement

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Cancel Culture: Controversy with Civility

12:05 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Mayor Madeline Rogero

1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
When Can We Act?: Campus Response & Politics

2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Closing Reflection and Call to Action with the Diversity Educators