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BOOM: Building on our Momentum is a learning conference featuring a series of events centered on the experience of conversation and community engagement. Sessions are designed by members of the community for the entire community and will meet participants where they are in their learning and comfort in engaging in sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our diversity shines brightest when we bring our full selves together as one community. BOOM is a moment where we can come together as one community to think deeply and collectively about how we engage with each other.

Understand difference. Ask hard questions. Plan to act.

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Monday, March 27 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Does it Take One to Know One?

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Do you have to be "like" someone in order to know someone? Do others have to be "like" me to understand me?

Participants in this session will discuss how our own identities inform our ability to understand others who do not hold the same identity, and whether one can only truly understand others who are "like" them or hold the same identity to their own.  Leave your assumptions at the door and come to explore.  

Facilitated by Jo-Jo Koo, Mount Holyoke Fellow & Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy.

Monday March 27, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Gamble Auditorium Art Museum (Art Building)