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. Now, it its fourth year, the Community Day of Learning continues to try and gather the campus community to learn, listen and reflect on issues that affect the campus and the larger worlds in which we live and to identify opportunities for positive action.
Who organized the day’s events?
The President’s Office invited interested faculty, staff, and students to create a program that would allow all 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 day’s program?
A faculty-student-staff volunteer planning committee meets throughout the year to develop ideas and reach out to the community members to participate.
The vast majority of the sessions will be organized by faculty, students, and/ or staff.
Can I propose or help organize a session?
Yes. However, the proposal submission period has ended.
How do I sign up for sessions?
Participants are asked to register for Community Day of Learning sessions in advance.
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.
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 the day’s program.
What if I have a class at Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn?
Haverford and Swarthmore have been notified that the Community Day of Learning is taking place and that Bryn Mawr classes are cancelled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students taking TriCo classes are responsible for speaking with their instructors if they wish to miss class to attend Community Day of Learning events. 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 this important day of community learning in setting deadlines.
What if I am not on the meal plan, or am a graduate student, or am a staff or faculty member: What do I do about lunch?
If you wish to eat in the dining hall, you can obtain a complimentary lunch pass at the opening session.
What if I am late and miss the opening session?
After 10:30 a.m., schedules, nametags and dining passes will be available at the Campus Center Information Desk on the main floor.
What if I don’t want to attend?
All staff, faculty, and students are asked to attend. If a staff member does not wish to use a vacation day and does not wish to attend, he or she should report to their office as they ordinarily do.