What is Wildcat Dialogues?
The Wildcat Dialogues is one of K-State's signature Intercultural Immersion Events for new students. The campus event promotes respect and understanding for multiple perspectives and identities in our university community. Because dialogue is a critical component of intercultural learning and academic excellence, Wildcat Dialogues model ways for students to have courageous conversations – to share and reflect upon their own stories and critically listen to and learn from their peers. Most of all, this event seeks to advance what we value most at K-State — FAMILY!
What will take place at Wildcat Dialogues?
The event will begin in the K-State Union Ballroom. Several students will share their personal stories from campus experiences. Following the student panel, all students will participate in small group discussions.
Why does the university host Wildcat Dialogues?
The dialogues serve as a means to bring the Principles of Community into practice for students as they enter their K-State career. Students’ participation in this event during the first semester sets the expectation for all Wildcats to be part of a respectful campus community that recognizes diverse perspectives and identities. Cultural competence is rated as one of the top 5 skills employers are looking for in new graduates. Cultural competence and civility help us engage as a community of global citizens.
Do I have to RSVP?
It is not required; however, we strongly encourage students to RSVP. Many first-year courses may be coordinating attendance as part of the curriculum. Residence Halls will be organizing groups to attend. If you know you are coming as part of a group or class, check with your group leader or instructor to see if they are registering you. RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 13 here.
What if I am a new transfer student or new graduate student?
All new students are welcome to participate! Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 13.
Will I have to check in?
Yes, BRING YOUR WILDCAT ID to swipe in when you arrive. There will be several stations set up near the entrances to the K-State Ballroom. Volunteers will be on-site to help direct you to check-in.
How long will the event last?
On Monday, September 17, the K-State Union Ballroom will open for seating at 6:30 p.m. The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. and will last until approximately 9 p.m.
Who will lead the conversation?
Trained faculty, staff and upper-class student volunteers will serve as conversation guides to help your group process the presentation and facilitate discussion. Conversation guides should help group members acknowledge that each person’s experience is unique and deserves respect. Sign up to be a facilitator here.
What does "courageous conversation" mean?
A courageous conversations are both a “safe space” - where you can feel comfortable sharing your story, and a “brave space” - where you acknowledge that a level of discomfort is required for growth. The Wildcat Dialogues operate from shared principles of conversation, such as being respectful, staying open and curious, listen and learn from others’ perspectives, and acknowledging discomfort. Because people will be sharing stories from their personal contexts and values, we seek to create the conditions for mutual respect and sensitivity. The Dialogues help to develop tools to live and work successfully in community with others who are different than us.
What is "intercultural learning"?
A commitment to intercultural learning is a self-reflective and intentional process. It is about meeting people where they’re at, by suspending judgment, as we support each other in community building and becoming a global society.
I can’t make it to Wildcat Dialogues – how else can I get involved in Intercultural Development?
- If you live in a Residence Hall, talk to your RA about on-going conversations and learning opportunities. For more info, visit here.
- Check out events from the K-State Book Network and K-State First.
- Attend one of UPC’s many Multicultural Events and Programs. For more info, visit here.
- Visit the Office of Diversity - Multicultural Student Affairs to learn about additional training, events, and multicultural student organizations. For more info, visit here.