March 11, 2020 at 9:30am
Dane Lisser

4th annual Civic Discourse Week to be held March 30 – April 3 CANCELED

*Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been canceled.

In the midst of an increasingly diverse array of perspectives, civic discourse helps demonstrate our shared responsibility to one another, our commitment to our systems and our willingness to choose to elevate the conversation.

Millikin University and local community partners have teamed up to present the 4th annual Civic Discourse Week, March 30 – April 3, 2020. This year's theme is "Combating Stereotypes: Creating Equity in Our Language & Behaviors." Along with Millikin University, Civic Discourse Week is co-sponsored by Richland Community College, Decatur Public Library and Decatur Public Schools District #61.

Millikin Civic Discourse Week

This year's Civic Discourse Week will focus on meaningful conversations, different points of view, better ways to communicate, celebrations of what makes us different and compassionate approaches to difficult topics.

Civic Discourse Week includes the following events. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Student Art Contest: Combating Stereotypes

Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Entries will be judged by Dr. Mirela Tanta. Winners announced at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Lunchtime Book Discussion with Dr. Melissa Scircle

"Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do" by Dr. Claude Mason Steele

Lunch is provided

Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.

Cesar Chavez Day Panel sponsored by Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

Come learn about Cesar Chavez, his work for voting and union rights, and his impact on others.

Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Thursday, April 2, 5:30 p.m.

12th Annual Conversation on Race

Come be a part of the community conversation about race relations in Decatur, Ill. Transportation from the University Commons is available beginning at 5 p.m.

MacArthur High School

Friday, April 3, 4 p.m.

President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence Campus Climate Forum

Come learn about the results of the campus climate survey and hear from students about their lived experiences.

Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms, University Commons

For more information about Civic Discourse Week, contact Millikin University's Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6395 or