Amherst Cancels Classes for ‘Day of Dialogue’

The action at Amherst has not stopped. The administration has cancelled classes for tomorrow, November 2nd, for a day-long “Day of Dialogue,” with several presentations and small group discussions on sexual misconduct and how to handle it on our campus. Biddy’s making moves.

There are varied reactions to it – some people are feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information and meetings and talk about this topic and are wanting some space, some people just straight up don’t care and are not going, and some are genuinely grateful that this is taking place.

It is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, and Facebook is exploding with students urging their fellow students to attend. The community is striving to come together –what happens will be seen tomorrow. We’ll have an update for the rest of the ‘Cac following the event.

Here’s a link to coverage of the ongoing dialogue at Amherst from Chronicle of Higher Education, the article is free for the next 5 days.

List of events for Day of Dialogue at Amherst:


Opening Remarks by the President
The day will begin with opening remarks by Biddy Martin.

Presentation I: 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Our first presentation, titled “Changing the Conversation: A Facilitated Discussion about Sexual Violence,” will be led by Gina Smith, nationally recognized legal and policy expert on sexual assault and misconduct, and four Amherst students.

Presentation II: 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Our second presentation, titled “Growing Our Community: Growing Ourselves,” will be led by Rhonda Cobham-Sander, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Black Studies and English and former Special Assistant to the President for Diversity.

Morning Discussions in Small Groups: Locations across Campus, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Following these two morning sessions, we will break into small groups (you will receive a ticket with the location of your group when you arrive at the Cage) for conversations and reflections on the morning presentations. Student facilitators will lead these sessions.

Lunch and Conversation, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Valentine Quad
A catered lunch will be provided for all.

Afternoon Discussions in Small Groups: Locations across Campus, 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We will return to our discussion groups, in their original locations, to explore the topic of “Community and Individual Responsibility.” Again, students will facilitate these discussions.

Closing Gathering on Valentine Quad, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A time for refreshments and reflections.

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