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Under the auspices of the President, the Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) provides institutional leadership in enhancing respectful, diverse and inclusive work and learning environments at The College of New Jersey Community. DEI serves as a partner with all campus offices as each area makes its unique contribution to the overall inclusivity of the campus community.

Critical Conversations

A student focused forum that takes place weekly designed to provide students with a brave space to engage in unfiltered dialogue about topics which emerge in contemporary society.

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Featured Events

Diversity Ed Series - How to Dialogue across Political Divides in a Polarized Time

March 11 | Education 115 | 12pm The 2020 election season is a time to practice the essential skills of democratic engagement, but many of us have been taught to avoid talking politics at nearly any cost. But important conversations can’t only be had every four years. Do you want to maintain relationships with those you care about, even as the world feels increasingly divided? If so, join OIDEI and the Sustained Dialogue Institute for a highly interactive and fun 2-hour workshop focused on learning how to share and respond across serious political differences – without losing your colleagues, peers, friends and family. 

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Diversity Ed Series – Skills for Facilitating Conversations Across Difference

March 10 | Education 115 | 12pm Have you ever witnessed a conversation go from debate to argument because of conflicting identities, opinions, or backgrounds in the room? This workshop focuses on the key "traps" that groups fall into when discussing topics like race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, regional divides, and socioeconomic status. If you are a student leader, student facing staff member, or faculty member who wants to ensure that you can direct these vital conversations towards productive ends, please join this interactive workshop facilitated by the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

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Women's History Month Speaker: Michelle Duster

March 4 | BSC 100 | 6pm Michelle Duster is the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, the famous anti-lynching activist and suffragist, and will be speaking on her ancestor's role as an activist and historical figure.

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First Gen Student Mixer

February 26 | Ed 212 | 3pm Please join the Division of Equity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs for TCNJ's inaugural First Gen Student Mixer! Intended to both celebrate the contributions of first generation community members and bring them together for networking and socialization, we hope such events will become a regular occurrence. We invite all students, staff, and faculty who identify as first generation college students to attend. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided.

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Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

February 12 | Mayo Hall | 1pm Presented by Key Arts Productions, this Black History Month program is an inspiring multimedia performance that provides insight to the legacy of student activism in America, and gives motivation to people of all ages to lead in today’s challenge for social justice and reform. 

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Film Screening: Harriet

January 20 | BSC 100 | 12pm Join DEI this Martin Luther King Day for a viewing of 2019's "Harriet", a biopic of renowned slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Film starts at noon, with hot dogs, hamburgers, and other snacks available from 11:30am onward. All members of the campus community are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Cultured Cafe Fall '19

December 10  |  Education 212  |  3pm Take a break from finals and see the world at DEI's Cultured Cafe! Back and bigger than ever, this semester's Cafe will feature Chinese, Indian, Puerto Rican, Turkish, Thai, & Soul food offerings. All members of the campus community are welcome. All are encouraged to bring a dessert or other sweet item from their own culture. Food served from 3pm until we run out - which won't be too long! 

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