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MATC opens up community conversation through Diversity Dialogues

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Students and community members come together for monthly conversations

Conversations on race and inclusion aren’t always easy to have. …Especially if you’re in a room of strangers.

But thanks to a new program put on by Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), starting the conversation just got a little bit easier.

Members from the community chime in during the most recent Diversity Dialogue this past weekend. Sefton Ipock / MATC

Members from the community chime in during the most recent Diversity Dialogue this past weekend.

“When the violence broke out in Sherman Park, we had been talking about how we can be a community convener and have more discussions in the community about how important our diversity is,” says MATC‘s President Dr. Vicki Martin.

And their result came through the program, Diversity Dialogues: a monthly meet-up, essentially, operating as one large community conversation.

Dr. Pam Malone speaks to the group about privilege and implicit racial bias. Sefton Ipock / MATC

Dr. Pam Malone speaks to the group about privilege and implicit racial bias.

And with the program being free and open to the public, these meet-ups include various speakers, breakout discussion groups and closing with a moment for reflection,

“I think that providing some content for the community members to actually respond to and have conversations about has provided a nice format and a better understanding of what’s going on and how they might continue to heal and find ways to reach out and work together.”

Listen to the full piece on Diversity Dialogues below:

The two-hour 'Diversity Dialogue' ends with group meditation and reflection.Sefton Ipoc / MATC

The two-hour ‘Diversity Dialogue’ ends with group meditation and reflection.

Upcoming Diversity Dialogues

  • March 11 – “Institutional Racism and its Effects”
  • April 8 – “Social Movements of Yesterday and Today”
  • May 13 – “Celebrating Diversity”

For more on these Diversity Dialogues and Milwaukee Area Technical College, you can visit them online at www.matc.edu.