Lock Haven University students participate
“Real Conversations” debut at LHU, students participate in dialogues
Conversations about thought-provoking topics are an integral part of Lock Haven University’s mission to educate students with diverse experiences and perspectives to foster successful, responsible citizens.
So in developing a new forum to give students an opportunity for viewpoints and perspectives to be heard, choosing “Real Conversations” as the framework was only fitting. The new conversational series involves facilitators leading a discussion on a variety of pertinent topics, including stereotyping and labeling, letting your voice be heard, understanding personal boundaries and more.
“The premise of ‘Real Conversations’ is thought-provoking topics aimed at generating meaningful conversations for our students – discussions on topics which are foremost among the thoughts and psyche of our students,” said Richard Czyzyk, the Resident Director at Smith Hall who began the forums.
The first discussion – “Rosa Parks sat down then, so I can stand up now. How are you getting yourself from the back of the bus?” – kicked off on Feb. 28 and was facilitated by Kenneth Hall, Director of Human and Cultural Diversity.
The second session will be on March 28. English professor Dr. Laurie Cannady will facilitate the discussion – “I’m tired of others always trying to put me in a box. Why do I allow them to do this? There’s more to me than just …” The third session is scheduled for April 18 – “It’s dark and lonely, but safe in the closet. Why can’t I just be me and come out?” will be facilitated by Dr. Tara Mitchell, Associate Professor of psychology. All sessions are held at Smith Hall Recreation Room at 6:45 p.m.
“Real Conversations can become an indelible seam in the fabric of Lock Haven University’s collegiate experience,” Czyzyk said. “We welcome the professional expertise of LHU faculty, staff and administration to utilize their skills to facilitate engaging conversations on a wide-range of topics.”
The goal is to hold 10 Real Conversations during the 2013-14 school year. Topics include, but are not limited to, financial inadequacy, social norms, relationship violence, self-esteem, gender inequality and more.
For more information about Real Conversations, contact Czyzyk at email@example.com or 570-484-2264.