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The testimonies session was an interactive listening and dialogue event in which attendees listened together to stories submitted in advance that documented the Black student experience on campus. The goal of the session was to convene student staff and faculty to engage in a generative and critical conversation motivated by actual experiences. In attendance were students, staff, and faculty; together, we listened to four audio clips submitted by current and former students who narrated campus experiences. We listened together to cultivate a shared experience and baseline understanding to motivate the discussion. After each story, attendees met in smaller groups to react to what they heard, and they captured key takeaways. The resulting discussion succeeded in making connections across generations of students, identifying the essential nature of support services for Black students in their time at UD and demonstrating the necessary resilience exhibited by Black students in their efforts to merely make it through college.
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Higher Education | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
Pruce, Joel, "Testimonies" (2021). Global Voices 2021 — Critical Examination of Our Times: The State of Race on the University of Dayton Campus. 11.