Learning As a CollegeThe theme for the 2016 Community Day of Learning was In/Visible: Class on Campus, Class in Our Lives.
Coming TogetherIn 2015 the theme for the Community Day of Learning was Race and Ethnicity at Bryn Mawr and Beyond.
All-Campus ExperienceThe theme for the Community Day of Learning in 2016 was centered around the concept of class.
Tackling Difficult SubjectsMembers of the Bryn Mawr community discussed a range issues at the 2015 Community Day of Learning.
Minds and Bodies: Belonging in Our Communities
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Community Day of Learning creates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn from and teach each other about issues that impact our ability to build community and achieve a sense of belonging, both at Bryn Mawr and in the wider worlds in which we also work and live.
This year’s topic—Minds and Bodies—is intentionally designed to open up a broad framework in which we can explore issues that shape our sense of self, how communities come to define their identities (including the spoken and unspoken assumptions of what it takes to belong), and how each of us come to help define the nature of our communities.
We expect sessions and performances to be diverse in topic and format, and for many sessions to look at the intersections that shape both individual and group identities. For example, these might include topics such as:
- Managing Aging
- A story slam about coming to the U.S. as an immigrant or as an international student
- Body Image and the Pressure of Beauty Myths
- Race, Racism, and Mental Health
- Working with the Body and Working with the Mind
- Being an Athlete at a “Scholarly” Institution
- Embodying Struggle: The History of Nonviolent Protest
- Perceptions and Realities of Disabilities.
All members of the community interested in contributing to the Community Day of Learning are invited to contact the planning committee at email@example.com to propose sessions or to explore ideas. The schedule for the day will be posted during the last week of February, and online registration will open on Monday, Feb. 28.
Comments from the 2016 post-event survey
"I think the most important thing I learned was that having conversations about class on campus is really important and should not be uncomfortable or rare; we should talk about it all the time and not be silent when issues arise."
"I think my awareness of those whose backgrounds differ from mine was significantly heightened, as yesterday they were really given a voice."
"Members of our community, especially staff and students from working class and poor backgrounds, DO very much want to talk about class and its impact on the overall learning environment at Bryn Mawr. And our community members in very large numbers do seem willing and able to discuss and learn about class, even though it is a difficult topic to risk exploring."
"Most significant takeaway was seeing the participation from the community and realizing that there are many in this community that believe in an inclusive community for all."
"I enjoy hearing diverse voices and feeling a part of the entire Bryn Mawr community—neither faculty, students, nor staff, but all three joined together to seek common goals."