Proceedings: 2018 Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus

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Chapter 4: Globalization on UD's Campus

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Proceedings: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus


University of Dayton

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By the emergence of the new conditions of fast communication among diverse communities today, we are witnessing many changes in social, political, economic, and other aspects of modern societies. With mass communication and social media, the barriers among nations are falling, thus giving opportunities for openness and better understanding — but also to misleading and deceptive information. Therefore, these changes demand redefinition and reevaluation of the newly emerged conditions and accordingly adjustments to the new circumstances. Issues related to religion, ethnicity, and nationality are particularly complex and sensitive matters that can bridge but also divide people; therefore, they require thorough attentiveness. Any issue that is related to defining people’s identities requires well-informed assessments. These new developments of communication, combined with the resettlement of people around the world, are pushing us to review and develop narratives about our own identities.

I believe that we should incorporate common human values and visions, and we have enough basis to do so. But first, we need to depart from the limitations of our perceptions, which can lead us to regard our own narrative as the only true and the correct one. Once we do so, we can initiate conversations that will help us to build harmony with human dignity, freedom, and mutual respect.


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.