Day of Discovery 2019

RSVP for Engagement Opportunities

The Gateway Arch National Park and the Old Courthouse

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Meet at the Hillman Room 53 Entryway at 1:30 p.m.

Explore St. Louis History and its pivotal role in Westward Expansion including how expansion impacted Native Americans, and other ethnic and cultural communities that have been part of the development of St. Louis and the west.

Collaborative Engagement in St. Louis Learning Session

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Goldfarb Hall Room 37

Facilitated by Stefani Weeden-Smith, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis

The Washington University community can actively engage in addressing social challenges in a team, as a group of colleagues, or as an individual through community service. Learn how in this informative session.

Non-violent Communication Workshop

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Goldfarb Hall Room 38

Facilitated by Braveheart Gillani, MSW Candidate, Brown School

Nonviolent Communications (NVC) is a tool that leads us toward a quality of connection among people where everyone’s needs are valued and met through compassionate giving — out of the joy of contributing to another human being. Focusing on the event’s theme, the presentation will help attendees discover the main tenets of NVC and increase their vocabulary regarding human feelings and needs. Empathic dialogue will be modeled with particular focus on identifying “compassion blockers.” The session will end with demonstrations and practice of NVC exercises used to make choices toward compassionate actions.

Developing & Supporting Diverse Teams

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Brown Lounge, Brown Hall

Facilitated by Katharine Pei, Director, First Year Center; and Danielle Bristow, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Brown School

Diverse teams are higher performing and foster better work environments for employees, which leads to enhanced support for students. Managers have the opportunity and responsibility to develop a workplace where these teams can be cultivated and thrive. Through this workshop, participants will engage in discussion on how to create strong and successful teams starting with recruitment and hiring, into onboarding, and through supervision and office culture.  Participants will walk away with tangible strategies for implementation.

Going Beneath the Surface

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Goldfarb Hall Room 39

Facilitated by Melanie Houston, Training and Education Specialist, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

During this workshop, participants will examine their orientation toward engaging in dialogue with others. By participating in this session, participants will gain framing for structuring questions and approaches aimed at building relationships based in deeper levels of understanding.

Open Space

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Hillman Hall Rooms 50-53

Searching for more dialogue space? Open Space gives you the chance to talk to other students, staff and faculty about the topics of the morning sessions, your reactions, or how you take action in your community. The Open Space will not be facilitated, but rather staffed by campus partners who are interested in engaging in meaningful dialogue.

Film Screenings: “The Color of Medicine”

Two showings: 2:00-4:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Clark-Fox Forum

Film screenings of “The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital.” A facilitated reflection with some of the filmmakers will take place after the film and movie refreshments will be provided during the evening screening.

“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. A large array of other physicians, nurses and patients share recollections that span the years from the hospital’s beginnings in 1937 to its closing in 1979, and community activists and leaders discuss the significant place that Homer G. Phillips Hospital holds in African-American, St. Louis and U.S. history.