The Perspectives series offers K-Staters an opportunity to share information and engage in civil discourse. Members of the K-State community are invited to present on a topic and facilitate a conversation in the Dow Center in Hale Library.
Each event is highly structured and moderated so participants can share their opinions and concerns in a place of tolerance, compromise and mutual respect. The goal of the series is to create an environment for ideas to be explored and respected, fostering a spirit of authenticity, curiosity and respect among peers.
Inclusion - A discussion on the topic of inclusion led by students in communication studies, in partnership with the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries.
Sexism - Gender stereotypes contribute to sexist thinking: sexism is the form of oppression that dictates what a person can and should be capable of because of their gender. We discussed the cultural norms applied to those who identify as either male or female.
A conversation on redlining and segregated communities - How would you describe your neighborhood? Is it racially segregated or integrated? Why do you think that’s the case? Understanding what has shaped and influenced our communities helps us make sense of our challenges today.
The 2 Americas mural - A facilitated discussion of the " 2 Americas" mural, installed on the ceiling of the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies in Hale Library. The mural is a modern-day response to the "We Are the Dream" mural.
Missing the missing: murdered and missing Indigenous people - According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, American Indian and Alaska Native people are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing violence or murder or going missing. This facilitated discussion explored why this is happening.
Transgender Day of Remembrance: Gender resilience - How do you define gender? Who has ownership of identity? These and related topics were analyzed in this facilitated discussion.