Proceedings: 2018 Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus

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Chapter 1: Introductions

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Proceedings: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus


University of Dayton

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Imbolo Mbue is the author of Behold The Dreamers, a 2017 Oprah’s Book Club pick and winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Mbue’s book is informed by her experience of being an immigrant and the experiences of the many immigrants that she knows. The journeys of our students and Ms. Mbue connect in Limbe: each summer a group of UD students travels to Cameroon for a cultural-immersion/study-abroad program.

Mbue’s work is particularly relevant as we have a national conversation about immigration. Behold the Dreamers explores the complexity and interrelationship of these journeys and their connection to systems that privilege, oppress, or liberate people. Its story, characters, and ideas challenge us to think and reflect deeply and critically about what it means to be human in our global world.


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education | International and Comparative Education


Diversity and inclusion are core values at the University of Dayton, but bringing together people from different national, racial, and religious backgrounds sometimes can be difficult, even in a welcoming community.

At the symposium Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus, held Jan. 23-25, 2018, the Alumni Chair in the Humanities invited students, faculty, and staff from all parts of the globe to share stories about their experiences at home and on campus in hopes of strengthening the University’s inclusive excellence.