About Campus Conversations
The Campus Conversations Initiative is a dialogue-based initiative created to build community and connections through real and deep conversations. It offers students, undergraduate and graduate, a way to talk about identity, societal norms, and issues of national and international importance with their close peers, friends of friends, and others throughout Columbia.
All conversations are led by University Life Ambassadors, who are fellow students who have participated in at least one conversation facilitation training session. Discussion spaces are casual, and lunch or light snacks are provided for in-person conversations.
Campus Conversations cover a range of topics, including:
- Social identity and intersectionality
- Our social groups and how we talk to people with both shared and different identities
- What respect means to us and how we have learned about respect
- Misrepresentation of marginalized groups in media
- Major political and social justice movements and their impact
You don’t need to be an expert in any of the topics or come with prepared materials. Just show up and be open!
Fall 2023 Campus Conversations
Discuss the origin of your name with peers and listen as others share about their name and why it matters to them. This conversation will also explore the impact of bias and how a name can shape the way a person or group of people navigate the world. This event fulfills the Inclusion & Belonging component of the Community Citizenship Initiative.
Analyze your social circles and explore who you associate with, which groups of people you aren’t noticing in your circles, and why. Through conversation and reflection, you'll gain a better understanding of why the phrase “the company you keep is a reflection of your character” holds weight.
Spring 2023 Campus Conversations
Date: Wednesday, April 26
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location: Kent 201
Join University Life Ambassadors, Shatize Pope and Ebuka Ukoh, in a conversation on imposter syndrome. You’re invited to share your experiences and hear from peers about how they manage feelings of self-doubt. This event is part of University Life’s Campus Conversations Initiative. Lunch will be provided.