General News
6:18 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Diversity conversation circles

A series of conversations is taking place this month focused on enhancing diversity throughout Tippecanoe County.

The goal is to develop a more inclusive community.

The Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette is partnering with the Tippecanoe County Public Library and Purdue to put on the events.

Librarian Jos Holman says the goal is to use personal experiences to encourage broader acceptance.

“It really will be an opportunity for folks to start honest conversations sharing perceptions, sharing life experiences, sharing unusual situations, sharing  their emotions around the topics of civility, inclusion, and compassion.”

Barbara Clark is the co-facilitator of the roundtable.

She believes conversations such as these help individuals find out more about themselves and then can spread their message to the community.

“One of the points of a conversation circle is that you are not trying to solve a problem," she said.  "What you are trying to do is get to know yourself and others on a deeper level.”

The conversation circles stemmed from a diversity summit held last year.

About 50 people are signed up to participate and will meet at least once a month.

More details are here