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Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values

2017 Dalton Institute

Antron Mahoney, panelist at the 2016 Institute

Antron Mahoney, panelist at the 2016 Institute

Inclusion & Isolation:
Restoring Trust and (Re)Building Community on Campus

Institutions of higher education continue to navigate increasing concerns about divisiveness on campus and in the broader society, as well as heightened student distrust of authorities and the status quo. Recent and ongoing debates, including access to public restrooms for Trans individuals, police violence and accountability, campus responses to gender-based and relationship violence, and the role of immigration in our society, among others, are playing out both publicly and privately in our communities and on our campuses.

Also, the current presidential campaign is likely to be a particularly divisive one that further strains efforts to create community and solidarity on our campuses. Through the campaign, issues such as race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and nationality have made clear the broad spectrum of opinions and attitudes that our students, faculty, and staff embody.

The 2017 Dalton Institute will explore these issues as colleges and universities strive to provide environments that develop and support students in this complex social milieu. Attendees and presenters may consider the following questions in preparation for the Institute. While not an exhaustive list, these questions may help to frame some of the challenges, and opportunities, facing our work in higher education today.

Guiding Questions

These guiding questions are not exhaustive, but may provide guidance for potential presenters and points of reflection for all attendees as you prepare to join us in Tallahassee.

  • What role do campus traditions, values, policies, and practices play in perceptions of inclusion or isolation on campus?
  • How do higher education institutions support members of historically marginalized groups in building community and social capital in college?
  • How is trust experienced, expressed, and negotiated between students, faculty, staff, and the larger community?
  • How do intersectionalities of identity affect experiences of inclusion and isolation on campus?
  • What is the role of pluralism in higher education today? How is “ally” status claimed, granted, and expressed on today’s college campus?
  • How do colleges and universities balance free speech and academic freedom with the notions of campus as a “safe space” and “brave space”?

Important Dates

July 5, 2016 Call for Awards Opens
July 7, 2016 Call for Programs Opens
August 2, 2016 Registration Opens
October 3, 2016 Award Nomination Deadline
October 3, 2016 Program Proposal Deadline
November 7, 2016 Program Acceptances Emailed
December 5, 2016 Earlybird Registration Deadline
January XX, 2017 Hotel Block Rates Expire
February 2-4, 2017 27th annual Dalton Institute


Miguel Hernandez and Ali Raza, 2016 Dalton Institute

Miguel Hernandez and Ali Raza, 2016 Dalton Institute


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