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DePauw Dialogue

"Breaking Down Biases and Building Community"

DePauw Dialogue

DePauw Dialogue is an annual campus-wide event for faculty, staff and students to examine their individual role in building a shared community.  On this day, we expand the classroom to the entire campus by coming together and considering concepts and narratives that are often not explored as an entire campus community with a goal of creating a more inclusive campus for all members of the DePauw community.

2021 DePauw DIALOGUE

On September 21, 2020, Dr. White announced that DePauw Dialogue would become “a series of programs, workshops and activities focused on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism."

In that spirit, this year’s DePauw Dialogue, “Breaking Down Biases and Building Community,” will be an ongoing conversation rather than a single day of programming. Beginning with our virtual kickoff on February 24 and extending through a robust offering of engagement opportunities throughout the remainder of the semester, we invite the DePauw community to come together to cultivate knowledge of and ways to address bias.


Read our Kickoff Guide for the full schedule with information about our afternoon sessions.

10:00  Welcome & Kickoff Panel with Dr. White
11:20 Breakout Group Discussions
1:00 Deepening Knowledge Presentations
2:45 Next Steps for DePauw Focus Groups
3:45 Call to Action & Commitment


We hope that you can also take part in a number of community events related to diversity and inclusion being sponsored by various offices and programs across campus this month. Wherever you are in your personal exploration of these topics, the events will no doubt engage and inform you. Campus events can be found on the Campus Labs website

"Gospel Music, Black Masculinities, and Queer Identity" with Dr. Alisha Jones
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:20 AM EST
Sponsored by the School of Music, 21CM Center, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Amplifying, Understanding and Embracing the Black Voices of DePauw
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST
Sponsored by Development and Alumni Engagement

Reimagining the Liberal Arts College: A Community Conversation with Beth Benedix and Steven Volk
Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST
Faculty Forum event open to staff and students as well

Equitable and Inclusive Practices in the Arts with Fifth House Ensemble and Daniel Bernard Roumain
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:20 AM EST
Sponsored by the School of Music, 21CM Center, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion


DePauw Dialogue programming will continue throughout the semester with a focus on our roles and responsibilities in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. In order to help identify and organize events, each session will be identified according to one of three tracks denoting the various ways of engagement:

  • Knowledge - Focus is on content knowledge building, scholarly lectures or expertise, presentations based on information, data, or experience.
  • Awareness - Focus is on discovery & development, self-reflection, emotional intelligence, personal connections. Guided question sessions and circle discussions could engage in applications of knowledge or data to one's own life.
  • Action - Focus is on activism & advocacy, action plans, change-making, next steps, future work, continuity. Planning and implementation sessions should incorporate positionality and knowledge gained.


  • Melissa Harris-Perry (fall 2018)
  • Leslie Williams Smith '03 (fall 2017) 
  • Vernon Wall (fall 2016) 
  • Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington  (spring 2016) 
  • Dr. Derald Wing Sue (winter 2015)