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Special Election Series: Racial Climate on College Campuses

On September 19, 2016 students, staff, and faculty from Baylor met for a Public Deliberation Forum to discuss Racial & Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses. Participants were divided into groups, each with a facilitator, that guided their discussion through three possible options. The goal is not consensus but to deliberate together to understand each option, the benefits and the consequences of each, so that we can make informed decisions together about a possible way forward.

After the forum, we collected questionnaires and created the infographic below to communicate the feedback and responses from the participants.

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Below is a gallery of photos taken of the notes from each group taken during the forum.

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Racial and Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses, Part II

February 29, 2015 || Issue: Racial and Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses

featured image: Ben Wiseman, for The New York Times Opinion article, “The Lie About College  Diversity” by Frank Bruni.

This place mat was used to guide the discussion among the participants. Three options were presented and deliberated over and all participants left thinking differently and considering new aspects about the topic.

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Campus Carry on College Campus

January 25, 2016 || Issue: Campus Carry on College Campuses

featured image:  Ben Wiseman, for The New York Times Opinion article, “Guns, Campuses, and Madness” by Frank Bruni.

The below place mat was used to guide the discussion among the participants. Three options were presented and deliberated over, and the info graphic below shares some of the opinions and data from the discussion.

This topic provided a lively discussion among participants, with many exchanging stories and personal values.

*Update:* Our public deliberation forum was one of many ways that the Baylor’s Student Government used to compile the opinions of students, staff, and faculty. Based on this information and other sources of opinions, the Student Government passed on their opinion that a majority of the community wanted to ‘opt-out’ of the Campus Carry Act. On February 12, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr announced our official opposition to the Board of Regents. Read more about that here.

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Racial & Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses, Part I

Session 3 || November 17, 2015 || Issue: Racial and Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses

featured image: Javier Jaén, for the article “America’s ‘Postracial’ Fantasty by Anna Holmes on June 30,2015

This place mat was used to guide the discussion among the participants. Three options were presented and deliberated over, and the info graphic below shares some of the opinions and data from the discussion.

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The Changing World of Work & The Role of Higher Education

Session 2 || March 2, 2015 || Issue:The Changing World of Work and the Role of Higher Education

featured image: Edmon de Haro, published with the article “Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official” in the New York Times on March 5, 2015

Our country is anxious about the future of higher education. There is a disconnect between what academic leaders feel they’re doing–preparing students for the workplace–and what is actually happening with graduates–entering into the working landscape that is one-third freelancers, independent contractors, and temporary workers (jobs that don’t allow workers to fulfill their capacities and don’t pay enough or provide benefits) with an average of $30,000 in debt.

What is going on?

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