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We welcome anyone who would like to join our events, from students to postdocs to faculty members to staff to community members! We'd love to have you! Come as you are, with an open mind.

Community Conversations
Fall 2021 Semester - Wednesdays at 5PM
See below to RSVP for events
Link for dates

SWE National Conference
October 21 - 23, 2021

Multiply Your Options (MYO) Conference
November 3, 2021
Click Here for More Information

SHPE National Conference
November 11 - 14, 2021

Community Conversation

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Theme: False Representation
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Location: MCHU 109
Speaker: Florencia De Armas

Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Theme: Mental Health
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Location: Engineering II - Room 323
Speaker: Sita Nyame

Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Theme: Transgender Rights
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Location: Engineering II - Room 323
Speaker: Anna Marie LaChance, Ph.D.

Community Conversation

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Theme: Resiliency, the NACP, and How UConn got its land
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Location: Engineering II - Room 323
Speaker: Sage Phillips

Community Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 2021
Theme: Environmental [In]Justice
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Location: MCHU 308
Guest Speaker: Randi Mendes, Ph.D.

Presentation from conversation can be found HERE.
Conversation was led by Randi Mendes and further questions or follow up can be sent to her via email (randi.mendes@uconn.edu)

Community Conversation

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Theme: Imposter Syndrome
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST
Location: Engineering II - Room 323

Presentation from conversation can be found HERE.
Conversation was led by Randi Mendes and further questions or follow up can be sent to her via email (randi.mendes@uconn.edu)

Prior Events

Thursday March 11, 2021 - Gender Pay Gap and Inequities in Engineering

During this event we delve deep on the gender pay gap and the inequities in engineering.

Tuesday February 23, 2021 - Health is Essential

During this event we learned how to relieve stress and anxiety, balance emotions, gain motivation, etc...

Thursday February 4, 2021 - No More Hidden Figures

During this event we discussed some figures that didn't get the recognition they deserved.

Wednesday December 9, 2020 - Understanding Hierarchies through an excerpt from Caste

We read and discussed an excerpt from the book 'Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent'.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 - School to Prison Pipeline and Education Inequities

We discussed the disproportionate tendency of minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to become incarcerated and education inequities. Here is the link to access the video watched during the event: CLICK HERE

Friday November 13, 2020 - First Gen Meet and Greet

We hosted a virtual meet & greet for first generation undergraduate, graduate students, staff and faculty on a new platform called Toucan.events

Wednesday October 28, 2020 - Lessons from a James Baldwin Debate

We watched an excerpt from the famous James Baldwin debate with William F Buckley, followed by an inspirational group discussion. Here are the slides from the event: CommunityConversation_10-28-20

Wednesday September 30, 2020 - How to be Antiracist

We watched the very eye-opening and powerful interview by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the book How to Be Antiracist, followed by an engaging and invigorating group discussion. Here are the slides from the event: CommunityConversation_9-30-20

Tuesday June 30, 2020

Please continue to refer and update the Anti-Racist Action Planner Worksheet
Friday June 19, 2020 - Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth!

Please read our letter to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, and how you/we can honor and celebrate this important holiday: JuneteenthNotice
Tuesday June 16, 2020 - Letter from a Birmingham Jail

We had a great conversation on June 11th, and would like to continue the conversation on 6/16/20 at 5:00 PM. In this Community Conversation, we would like to pull quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail and discuss how it applies today and at UConn. Even if you didn't join last time, please join us this time. If possible, please read or re-read this letter prior to attending (this will take ~30-40 minutes). If you don't read it, please come anyway.

Please RSVP here at any time prior to the event. A Zoom link will be sent on June 16th to join.
Sunday June 14, 2020 - Mansfield COR Vigil

The Mansfield COR (Conversation on Race) is hosting a Racial Justice Candlelight Vigil at 8:00 PM at the Central Green in the Storrs Center/Downtown Storrs. There is also a solidarity walk afterwards.

Saturday June 13, 2020 - Justin Niezrecki's Birthday

Today is Justin Niezrecki's birthday. Justin was an incredible and loving engineering student who we lost December 2019. He wanted people to love and be active socially and politically. The Niezrecki family is hosting a movie night with a screening of:

7:00 PM - Spider man into the Spider-verse (Justin's favorite movie)
9:30 PM - Mudbound (in support of #blacklivesmatter)

Visit this page for a virtual movie ticket or to donate to the scholarship

Thursday June 11, 2020 - Letter from a Birmingham Jail

We are providing a space to process your thoughts from June 10th (and beyond) and hosting a discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail at 11:00 AM. If possible, please read or re-read this letter prior to attending (this will take ~30-40 minutes). If you don't read it, please come anyway.

Please RSVP here to join us, and we will send you the link to our virtual conversation

Here are our excerpts and discussion points: MLK - Letter From a Birmingham Jail - Discussion starter

Here are the slides from this event: CommunityConversation2-MLK Letter_V2

Tuesday June 9, 2020 - Community Conversation

  1. You can watch the livestream of George Floyd's funeral at 12 PM on either KHOU or The Fountain of Praise Church Website
  2. We invite everyone (students, staff, faculty, community members) to join us for a community conversation at 5 PM which will include a time and space to:
    Debrief any emotions or thoughts
    Engage in dialogue for developing individual action plans for change
    Engage in group discussions on initiatives we proposed in our open letter

Here are our slides: Download Now

Here is the Individual Action Plan Worksheet we shared: Download Now