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Forum for Inclusive Culture

The Forum for Inclusive Culture (“I-Forum”) is dedicated to ensuring that our University is welcoming to all members of our diverse community and that all members feel understood. This requires building a community characterized by cooperation, listening, and care, rather than hierarchy, inflexibility, and isolation. Our goal is to work together to develop and implement a cultural framework that will ensure we are caring for the physical, psychological, social, and moral wellness of all members of our microcommunities and the Drexel community at large, and that we are modeling norms that are compatible with the evolving ethics of work and social life.

The next meeting of the Forum for Inclusive Culture (“I-Forum”) will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in SkyView. We continue to vary the day and time of these meetings in order to ensure that those who have a standing conflict for one meeting may be able to attend the next. Please feel free to bring your lunch; we will provide beverages and other treats.

Since our last meeting, concerns have only deepened about a public discourse increasingly hostile to the values of diversity and inclusion, backlash against “political correctness,” and the heightened prevalence and visibility of bias incidents. At our next meeting, we will be discussing how these larger trends have affected us at Drexel as individuals and communities, and how we can strengthen our commitment to personal and institutional values that feel under attack. Please email to RSVP and/or suggest additional agenda items.

For those of you who are new to the I-Forum: We are an open-membership coalition of students, faculty, professional staff, and community members that gathers no less than quarterly to address issues of diversity and inclusion on Drexel’s campus. Meetings typically begin with announcements, have a central discussion topic, and close out with suggestions, determination of next steps, and troubleshooting. All are welcome to come and participate, and we value newcomers who keep the group fresh and responsive to developments on campus. Join us!