Higher Ed Live

Student Affairs Live - Debate to Dialogue: Facilitating Discussions Around Controversial Issues

September 22, 2016

Politics, debates and other timely issues are likely to spark controversy and divide public opinion on our respective campuses. How can we encourage students to engage in these conversations with courage and respect? What role does family, media, pop culture, campus culture, and social media play in forming our truth and beliefs? Are we obligated in our role as educators to set aside our personal opinions, identities, and emotions in discussion of politics and other hot button issues? What are effective “ground rules” for dialogue that facilitate student learning about alternative narratives and perspectives? How do we find the balance between unrestricted free speech and hateful/hurtful speech?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, join host Tony Doody as he explores these questions and many more with Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Kelly E. Maxwell, faculty member in and academic Co-Director of the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Demetri Morgan, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the Loyola University Chicago School of Education.