Dialogue with Denison
We are committed to making our hill a home where students from underrepresented backgrounds can thrive. We would like to engage with you in conversation about diversity and the multicultural student experience during our Dialogue with Denison program.
Our Diversity Program Experience
Despite the challenging COVID-19 situation, Denison is committed to helping multicultural and underrepresented students learn more about Denison and our diverse community. As such, we have pivoted our traditional on-campus Dialogue with Denison programming to a virtual platform.
Dialogue with Denison is a series of events where a select group of prospective students will get the opportunity to discuss important topics with Denison student leaders, attend an academic symposium, hear about multicultural student life, see student spaces, and hear from multicultural alumni. These sessions will span over several weeks and give prospective students a chance to connect with each other, learn more about Denison and multicultural student life on a predominantly white campus.
DWD Opening Session – Starting the Conversation
This opening session will kick off the DWD experience. Facilitated by Denison’s Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Denison student leaders, this session will give DWD students an opportunity to truly “dialogue” and go deep as they talk about current issues and topics as they relate to diversity in a small group discussion format.
DWD Session 2 - Academic Life at Denison
This interactive academic session will give DWD students an opportunity to participate in a symposium with a Denison faculty member. It will give students a sense of what a typical Denison classroom experience might look like and to be able to lend their voice to the conversation.
DWD Session 3 – Virtually Exploring Denison Spaces
This session will take DWD students on a journey into various spaces around Denison. They will hear from students located in the multipurpose space in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, spend time in the BSU Lounge with members, catch up with members of La Fuerza Latina in their space in Mo-Hutch, hear from the Multicultural Greek Council and National PanHellenic Council members in their space in Chamberlin, and on to the Moonies multipurpose space to learn from students about additional extracurricular activities and things to do at Denison outside of the classroom.
DWD Session 4 – Life After Denison – Multicultural Alumni Panel
This session will include a distinguished panel of Denison Multicultural Alumni who will talk about their experiences as multicultural students at Denison. They will also discuss how Denison prepared them for the workforce, provide tips on the things that students should take advantage of during college, and challenges that they were able to overcome to be successful.
DWD Session 5 – It’s A Wrap – The Final Discussion
DWD participants will come together for a final dialogue to discuss new topics as they relate to diversity and multicultural student life on a predominantly white campus. Once again the Director of Multicultural Student Life and Denison students will facilitate the discussion. DWD students will also get reminders about the application process and a chance to ask any final questions of the admission staff.
Dialogue with Denison FAQ
Although we’ve had to pivot to a virtual format due to COVID-19, we were still able to offer Dialogue with Denison in the fall of 2020. The virtual program will continue to emphasize the lived experiences of students of color and underrepresented students on Denison’s campus, and participants will have an extensive opportunity to engage with current students, faculty and staff in the Denison community. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to determine whether we will host our traditional fly-in program or a virtual program for the fall 2021.
Yes! DWD helps students learn more about Denison and multicultural life on campus while providing the foundation to build connections with Denison students and high school seniors from across the country. Additionally, DWD is a selective program, and historically the students who have participated in the program have had a higher rate of admission than the general applicant pool. That does not mean that those who are not selected for DWD will be at a disadvantage in the admissions process, but rather those that are selected and choose to join the DWD will be very competitive applicants.
Due to COVID-19 Denison is unable to safely host a large format Dialogue with Denison program on campus in the fall of 2020. We are hoping to be able to resume our spring fly-in program for admitted students in April and May 2021, and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation to determine plans for fall 2021.
Dialogue with Denison is currently slated to run for five Sundays in October and November 2020. In years we were able to host students on campus for our fly-in, the program has typically run from Saturday to Monday.
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