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Day of Dialogue


Tianna Cervantez

Lecturer in Anthropology/Sociology; Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Director Intercultural Life

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Knox hosts a campus-wide Day of Dialogue for students, faculty, and staff. The Day of Dialogue is part of Knox's annual event calendar where classes are suspended for the day and dialogue sessions are conducted to expand our understanding, awareness, and skills as a community to collaboratively address the political and social challenges of our time. 

April 14, 2021 - Day of Dialogue

10 am - 11 am CST: Keynote Address by Dr Bettina Love

1:30 pm - 3 pm CST: Our Identities within education (Dialogue Session 1)

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm CST: Institutional values and accountability (Dialogue Session 2)

This year, Day of Dialogue is on April 14. Although the event will be held virtually, the Multicultural Student Advisory Council and the Campus Diversity Committee have planned an exciting slate of events. Our goal is to create time and space for people—particularly those whose paths may not always cross—to discuss issues that are relevant to our lives at Knox and our engagement with other communities in Galesburg and beyond.

10 - 11 am CST: We will start the day with a talk from our keynote speaker, Dr. Bettina Love, Professor of Education at the University of Georgia and author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. Dr. Love’s work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

See more about Dr. Bettina Love at her site.

Following Dr. Love’s talk, small breakout groups, composed of students, faculty, and staff, will engage in two dialogues, co-facilitated by a student and a faculty or staff member. The following are the dialogue sessions we will be having:

  • 1:30 pm - 3 pm CST - Our Identities within education
    • This dialogue will focus on our response to Dr. Bettina Love’s work; breakout groups will be based on racial identity
  • 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm CST - Institutional values and accountability
    • This dialogue will focus on what we value as a community and how we hold Knox and ourselves accountable to those values.

Learn more about the Day of Dialogue and Multicultural Student Advisory Council, which is responsible for creating the Day of Dialogue.

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