The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement provides events, programming, and discussion opportunities along lines of differences, shared experiences, and fundamental humanity for employees on the Springfield campus and all regional campuses.
Some programs include:
Book Discussion Group
Employees are invited to take part in a series of book discussions in our newly renovated Learning Commons. Most recently the featured book was Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.
Diversity Luncheon Series
The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement hosted a year-long Diversity Luncheon Series that appealed to faculty and staff including those at our regional campuses, focusing on topics such as the Inclusion Strategic Plan, poverty and social mobility, educational disparities, and undoing bias. This year we transition from our luncheon series to our PRIDE Talks.
In fall 2018, the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement launched a series of six TED-style talks that took place on the Springfield College campus called PRIDE Talks. In the style of TED Talks, each power speech was 18 minutes or less and featured "ideas worth spreading." The monthly speakers lectured on the 2018-2019 school year theme of "Embracing the Promise of Tomorrow."
Reception for Employees of Color
The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement hosts a fall and spring Reception for Employees of Color. The reception is designed to cultivate a welcoming space where all employees of color, and allies, feel supported and valued.
Lunch and Learn
In 2019, we hosted three engaging Lunch and Learns, including a two-part training conducted by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Part one was an implicit bias workshop and part two focused on how to build inclusive communities at Springfield College. Our final Lunch and Learn of the year was on Microaggressions and was well attended by students, faculty, and staff. Community members shared their experiences of being on the receiving end of microaggressions and ideas on how these negative situations can be avoided on campus and elsewhere were also discussed.
Film Screenings and Interactive Lectures
The Division sponsors and supports on-campus film screenings and other academic and departmental programming initiatives. Programs have included: Getting Bi: Unpacking Biphobia and Creating a Culture of Inclusion; Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders; How To Be An Ally: Taking Responsibility for Addressing Inequality; Free CeCe; Gospel as Pop Music; Hip Hop and Politics; and Footprints in the Concrete.