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Dialogues on Race

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center


Sign Up for Spring 2019 Dialogues on Race HERE!

Deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 24, 2019


Spring 2019 DOR Flyer

Open the DOR: Dialogues On Race

Dialogues on Race (DOR) is a peer-led discussion group on issues surrounding race, identity, and racial justice. The program consists of five weekly meetings and takes place in various residence areas around campus. DOR is a safe space for students of all races to explore and expand on their knowledge of their own racial identities, speak about current issues, and support one another in building a more inclusive BC community.  All students are encouraged to participate regardless of initial comfort, level of understanding, and/or previous experience with racial dialogue.  The DOR is always open!

DOR Spring 2019 Schedule:

Spring 2019 sessions will be held once a week beginning February 18, 2019

Time Location
Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm Stayer
Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm Stayer
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm Stayer

How it works:

  • Students meet for 5 consecutive weeks, 2 hours each week on the same night, in a private residential lounge.
  • Using articles, films, video, and their own experiences, participants discuss and reflect on issues related to race.
  • Session themes include: race at BC, their identity and how it shapes them, institutional racism, race in the media, and more.
  • All sessions are peer facilitated by Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture.

What students are saying: 

“I’ve learned that it’s very important to share your experiences in order to connect with others and work to ease racial tensions.”

“My favorite aspect of this program was that I could discuss topics about race outside of a classroom environment with people who were as equally interested as I was.”

“What I really loved about DOR was talking to people from different racial backgrounds than me and just learning about their experience at BC. It is so refreshing to learn about other people’s lives and to examine firsthand what life in BC (or America!) is like for those who aren’t in the racial majority”

“It is important to learn about different experiences because it forces people to be more analytical and critical of the systems of power that may not always be directly present in their lives. Also, just knowing about other cultures in general makes for a more well-rounded and educated person who can try then to understand a variety of perspectives.”


Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in Dialogues on Race, students  will be able to:

  • articulate how others' racial identities may affect their experiences in society
  • define institutional racism and explain how it impacts society.
  • identify the relationship between past inequalities' and current social structures and conditions
  • show a willingness to be open to new and challenging perspectives 
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Contact us:

Danielle Date, Assistant Director
Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center