Deliberative Conversations at SUNY Empire grew out of a partnership between the college’s Office of Student Life and the Buffalo Project. These conversations are an effort to increase cultural awareness, interaction and discussion among students, faculty, and staff around difficult topics. The uniqueness of the Deliberative Conversations format is that it is meant to intentionally bring together individuals who represent diverse perspectives around a topic; sometimes difficult or controversial, to advocate for tangible, joint solutions that give a voice to all invested in the conversation.
(AY 2017-2018 & AY 2018-2019) Student Life and the Buffalo Project piloted a series of conversations, listed below.
*Based on the success of the pilot conversations, as of AY 2019-2020, Deliberative Conversations are now regularly offered as Student Life/Buffalo Project college-wide events. As of 2019, students who are part of the Student Leadership Institute program and SUNY Empire are also required to participate in these events.
NOTE: Hyperlinks below connect to Deliberative Conversation solutions co-created by participants (e.g., conversation notes, videos, articles/papers, websites, call-to-actions.):
Bridging and Bonding: How Can We Engage Communities in a Time of Change? (Fall, 2017)
Journeys in Social Stigma: Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Peoples Re-Entry into Education (Fall, 2017): https://sites.google.com/site/formerlyincarceratedpeoples/
Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico Aftermath: A Student Discussion (Spring, 2018): https://learn.esc.edu/media/College+Wide+Diversity+Series+-+Puerto+Rico+Discussion/1_0woyqxvp/77787111
Where have all the Voters Gone (Constitution Day, Fall 2018)
Deliberative Conversation: #MeToo (Spring 2019): http://rrogers.sunyempirefaculty.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Deliberative-Conversation_MeToo-Notes.docx
Immigration in the Trump Era (Spring, 2019): http://rrogers.sunyempirefaculty.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Deliberative-Conversation_Immigration-Notes-3.26.2019.docx
AY 2019-2020 Conversations
- Constitution Day- How can we use the Internet Safely? – A Joint Conversation (Sept. 17)
Student Connection Article Part A – Dr. Rhianna Rogers, Mentor, SUNY Empire State College, Anita Brown, Career Development Coordinator, SUNY Empire State College, and John Maiello, student, SUNY Empire State College (2019): https://www.esc.edu/student-connection/issues/issue-139/social-corner/
Student Connection Article Part B – Dr. Rhianna Rogers, Mentor, SUNY Empire State College, Anita Brown, Career Development Coordinator, SUNY Empire State College, and John Maiello, student, SUNY Empire State College (2019): https://www.esc.edu/student-connection/issues/issue-140/social-corner/constitution-day-part-2.php
- Challenges in Adult Learning: A Deliberative Conversation in Honor of Wales Brown (Student Academic Conference RR Notes 10.30.2019)
- Does Global Trade Impact the Environment? A Deliberative Conversation in International Education-Prague 12.9.2019
- Building Community in Times of Social Unrest_1.17.2020(Dec. 3)
- Gentrification in NY State: Reframing the Conversation (Jan. 29)
- Get out to Vote: Political Fix (March 10)
- Topic TBD- Rockefeller/Buffalo Project Joint Theme (April/May) – DATE PENDING
Deliberative Conversation Awards: 2019 SUNY Empire “You Make A Difference Award” Recipient – Buffalo Project Deliberative Conversations