Panels

PANELS

There will be two sessions available online every Wednesday. Kindly plan your experience by watching the full video done by our session leaders and make sure you respond with your reflection on the link attached to the description of each video. The videos are available on our YouTube page and here!

INTRODUCTION

An introduction to the inaugural Rise, Rebuild, Reflect Diversity Conference at Bennington College from student organizers, Ahmad Yassir ’20 and Deja Haley ’20.


STORIES & SOLUTIONS 

This session will include a video where students of color tell stories about things that have happened during their time at Bennington. This, essentially, is a reflection of their lived experiences.  Further, students will describe how the issue was addressed, and also include suggestions for how the situation could have gone better and effective ways in which such needs can be addressed going forward. 

Thank you to our session leader Alex Briseno ‘20

Thank you to Deja’ 20, Jazmin ‘20, Stevie ‘20, & Marley-Rose ‘22 for sharing stories. 

Please reflect on the form by clicking the link


SELF-REFLECTION OF PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION

This workshop will examine how social identities can impact one’s daily experiences and underscore the different levels of privilege that exist on campus.  Learn about yourself and others and the implications of separation and segregation. A discussion on community-building will ensue.

 Thank you to our session leader India Carter-Bolick ‘24. 

Learn about yourself and others and the implications of separation and segregation. India has taken the time to create a self-reflection quiz that addresses privilege & oppression. Please watch the video as India gives insight to different terms and give an informative statement about the quiz

Please reflect on the form by clicking the link


HEARING AND HEALING: CIRCLE PRACTICE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Circle processes are all about reflection: reflection on your own life, mind, biases, and positionality as well as reflection on the perspectives of the people around you. Circles encourage participants to spend a moment truly listening to hear, rather than listening to respond. Circles then allow participants to rebuild relationships and dynamics from the ground up, from a place of understanding. Ultimately, circles allow new, healthier dynamics to rise out of a sense of compassion, understanding, and accountability.

Thank you to our session-leader Claire Webb’20.

This is a video series in three parts:

I.  Restorative justice: an introduction

II. Circle facilitation: the process

III.  Equity in circle facilitation: addressing challenges

Please fill out this reflection form after watching the videos!

Resources for Further Learning:

The Little Book of Restorative Justice

Introduction to Restorative Justice

The Circle Keeper’s Handbook

A Call to White Practitioners


SHOW & EXHIBIT: CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES SHOW

The international students’ show and exhibit will showcase talent from various cultures represented here at Bennington College. But this comes with a twist! It will not only be for the consumption of the audience but also for coming up with solutions on increasing the level of representation for the international community on campus! 

Thank you to our session leader Andreea Cosaci ‘22

Thank you to the many international students who were willing to share their art! 

Check out the link around this video to play the game

Please reflect on the form by clicking the link


WORKS IN PROGRESS

This session explores issues of diversity and inclusion in the Drama Department at Bennington. This is a conversation that is important to have for those who consider themselves a part of the department and with our community as a whole. The most important part is hearing everyone’s voices! Follow the link below to answer reflection questions.

Thank you to our session leader Kaiya Kirk!

Fill out the form here!


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ PANEL

International students will be reflecting on the questions asked by our session leader Jullian. We expect a lively exchange that can identify insights and solutions to help rebuild the relationship between the international student community and the college at large. The end goal is to improve the infrastructure available and enhance the community’s health as a whole.

Thank you to our session leader Jullian Androkae!

Thank you to the international students for participating in this panel! Please remember to respond to the form here!


CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: THE SHOULDS SHOULD NOT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN 

All too often issues of who gets to say what and the practice of mindfulness and intentionality become quite muddled when in a classroom setting. I think it is quite detrimental to our community to make space for awareness of these issues that can take many many forms. I hope to lead this session with a partner. I envision it to be a space where we are able to present helpful examples/reflections of these complex moments, deconstruct some to gain some understanding of how to approach similar instances in the future and put together some things to add to a list of classroom etiquette guidelines/expectations I am currently trying to put together.

Student Leader: Marley-Rose Liburd

DIVERSIFYING COURSE OFFERINGS AT BENNINGTON COLLEGE 

What kinds of courses and content would best serve our student body?  The workshop will involve reflecting on the wants and needs of the students at Bennington, and on possible restructuring/reframing of the course schedule so that it may reflect, in an inclusive way, the needs of all students.

Student Leaders: Suzie Rejali & Rojay Bryan

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS PANEL 

International students will be reflecting on their experiences and sharing them with the audience. We expect a lively exchange that can identify insights and solutions to help rebuild the relationship between the international student community and the college at large. The end goal is to improve the infrastructure available and enhance the community’s health as a whole.

Student Leader: Jullian Androkae

ACCESSIBILITY & BENNINGTON 

This session will begin with a presentation to help educate people about what it is like to be at Bennington (and in academia generally) as a neuroatypical person or a person with a learning disability. The goal is that by teaching people about the vast range of experiences of disabled people, those without disabilities will be more informed and more likely to seek out knowledge in the future.  In turn, they may be motivated to make all spaces more accessible to everyone around them.

Student Leader: Phoenix Stoddard

WORKS IN PROGRESS 

This session functions as a discipline-specific microcosm of the conference at large within a particular lens, Drama. The session will create a space in which reflection and sharing can aid in the reconstruction of practices and methods that do not fully represent the students’ needs. 

Student Leader: Kaiya Kirk

CLASS & IDENTITY: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS & SYSTEMS

This workshop will apply a theoretical perspective in regard to the co-dependent relationship between socioeconomic class and the class-tension dynamic, and interpersonal acts of bias and prejudice.  The relevance of a systems approach will be highlighted.  An interactive discussion will follow the presentation.

Student Leader: Santiago Torres

SHOW & EXHIBIT: CELEBRATION OF WORLD CULTURES SHOW 

The international students’ show and exhibit will showcase talent from various cultures represented here at Bennington College. But this comes with a twist! It will not only be for the consumption of the audience but also for coming up with solutions on increasing the level of representation for the international community on campus!  

Student Leader: Andreea Coscai

SELF-REFLECTION OF PRIVILEGE AND OPPRESSION

This workshop will examine how social identities can impact one’s daily experiences and underscore the different levels of privilege that exist on campus.  Learn about yourself and others and the implications of separation and segregation. A discussion on community-building will ensue.

Student Leader: India Carter-Bolick.

SUPPORTING BENNINGTON’S INTERFAITH 

Many religious and/or spiritual members of the Bennington College community feel that this aspect of their identity is invisible or are hesitant to talk about their faith. In this panel, we will reflect on our experiences of religion and spirituality at Bennington. Throughout the session, we will build a list of suggestions for the college to become more inclusive for the religious and spiritual members of our community.

Student Leader: Hannah Gray

STORIES & SOLUTIONS 

This session will include a video where students of color tell stories about things that have happened during their time at Bennington. This, essentially, is a reflection of their lived experiences.  Further, students will describe how the issue was addressed, and also include suggestions for how the situation could have gone better and effective ways in which such needs can be addressed going forward. 

Student Leader: Alex Briseno

HEARING AND HEALING: CIRCLE PRACTICE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION 

Circle processes are all about reflection: a reflection on your own life, mind, biases, and positionality as well as reflection on the perspectives of the people around you. Circles encourage participants to spend a moment truly listening to hear, rather than listening to respond. Circles then allow participants to rebuild relationships and dynamics from the ground up, from a place of understanding. Ultimately, circles allow new, healthier dynamics to rise out of a sense of compassion, understanding, and accountability. 

Student Leader: Claire Webb

BEFORE GOING VIRTUAL

Bennington College Diversity Conference Schedule