Wildcat Dialogues Frequently Asked Questions
Wildcat Dialogues is one of K-State's signature intercultural learning events for all new students.
During Wildcat Dialogues, students gather to:
1) Learn the importance of engaging in meaningful dialogues
2) Learn tools to engage in dialogue about our cultural similarities and differences
3) Strategize and act to create a community of belonging at K-State
Students will engage in a small group of around 10, led by a student, faculty or staff facilitator.
The fall 2023 event will take place in the K-State Student Union. You will start in the ballroom for the first part of the event, where you will hear stories from your fellow students about some of their experiences here at K-State. Afterwards, you will join a small group of 8-10 peers and be led through a conversation by a trained facilitator.
We know that every human has a culture - we each have social and cultural identities, including other constructs such as race, class, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, and more - that shape how we see and experience the world. As individuals come to K-State with varied identities, it takes intentional effort to come together as a K-State community and create a community of belonging for all. Wildcat Dialogues is a space to begin intentional building of cross-cultural relationships through vital and meaningful dialogues. We do this to develop, empower, and equip leaders who can navigate a global society with authentic curiosity, empathy and confidence.
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. This event is an opportunity to bring K-State’s Principles of Community into practice. 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.
All new students are encouraged to participate! Please RSVP by Oct. 30, 2023.
The in-person session on Nov. 8, will last from 7-9 pm. There will be a make-up virtual zoom session 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9.
Participants are asked to select one time that best fits their schedule and will have receive a confirmation of their scheduled date/time via email after submitting their RSVP.
Trained faculty, staff and upper-class student volunteers will serve as dialogue guides to lead your group through dialogue. Dialogue guides should help create a welcoming space for all students to engage in dialogue and sharing about their lived experiences.