Dr. Khadija Khaja to lead two-year effort at IUPUI on civil discourse.


Dr. Khadija Khaja of the Indiana University School of Social Work will lead a two-year effort called "Find Your Voice: Hear My Voice," on the IUPUI campus to promote campus unity, conversation and collaboration around the topic of civil discourse.

The project will run from 2013-15 and invites students, staff, faculty and the community to engage in a discussion about civil discourse. Dr. Khaja will lead the project under the direction of Jane Luzar, dean of the IUPUI Honors College.

Dr. Khaja served as co-chair a multicultural teaching committee that received the Joseph Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity.

The “Find Your Voice: Hear My Voice,” project will provide opportunities for discourse across the campus and community on communicating about diverse viewpoints in ways that validate shared humanity and connection.

The discussions and events are expected to highlight positive ways of communication to deal with complex situations and conflicts students face in their daily lives.

During the next two years the effort will include panels at interdisciplinary campus wide forums; collaboration with community organizations on workshops that are open to the public; showing of films; suggestions of different books that instructors use in their classrooms to support the common theme; on site events in campus dorms; invitation of a national speaker; and research across the campus.


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Rob Schneider
IUPUI
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