Why did you change the format of the 2019 Community Day of Learning?
Several shorter programs allow us to engage a broader array of topics. In addition, the timing and format were changed in hopes of increasing student participation in these opportunities to learn and to build a more inclusive and equitable Bryn Mawr, as few classes are scheduled on Friday afternoon evening.
Why do we have the Community Day of Learning?
The Community Day of Learning was created by President Kim Cassidy in 2015 in response to campus debates on race and racism that followed the 2014 hanging of a Confederate Flag by two students and by the concurrent emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The CDL is intended to provide all faculty, students, and staff an opportunity to listen, teach, and learn from one another. The Community Days of Learning, now in their fifth year, continue to gather the campus community to learn, listen, and reflect on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion that affect the campus and the larger worlds in which we live and to identify opportunities for positive action.
Who organizes the day’s events?
The President’s Office invites interested faculty, staff, and students to create programs that allow campus members to learn about and discuss who we have been as a college, who we are now as members of this community, and how we want to shape Bryn Mawr going forward.
Who will be running the days’ program?
Sessions for March 1 and March 22 will be organized by faculty, students, and/or staff. Lela Aisha Jones has designed the March 29 program.
Can I propose or help organize a session?
Yes. Suggest a topic using this form and propose a session using this form for March 1, Engaging Bryn Mawr's Histories. Use this form to help organize a session for March 22, A More Inclusive Bryn Mawr.
How do I sign up for sessions?
There are individual registration forms for each of the 2019 Community Days of Learning. Announcements that registration is open will appear in the Daily Digest.
Where will I find out about the locations of the sessions?
Session locations will be listed on the Community Day of Learning website and in the program. Please note that these locations are subject to change based on enrollment.
Join us for coffee and cookies and pick up a program in the Campus Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 1 and March 22.
Will all staff members be able to attend?
All offices have been asked to make it possible for staff to attend. For those who carry out essential services for the College, supervisors have been asked to give all employees the opportunity to attend at least part of these programs.
What if I have a class at Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn?
Bryn Mawr faculty are aware of the 2019 Community Day of Learning events. Friday was chosen due to the limited number of classes held. Students taking classes at Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn are responsible for attending those courses. The Blue Bus and the Tri-Co van will run on normal schedules.
What about assignments: will faculty recognize that students will be spending a significant portion of the day participating in the program?
Faculty will be asked to be aware of these community events in setting deadlines.
What if I am late and miss the beginning?
After 2 p.m., programs will remain available in the Campus Center.
What if I don’t want to attend?
All staff, faculty, and students are asked to attend, but attendance is not mandatory. If a staff member does not wish to attend, he or she should report to their office as they ordinarily do.