Identity and Community
The University of South Florida is coming together from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and personal points of view to explore a campus theme. The theme for the 2017-2018 year is Identity and Community.
The theme Identity and Community will explore issues such as individual identity, community identity, difference and acceptance, defining home, global citizenship, immigration, social cohesion, privilege, and power. Campus Conversations seeks to create opportunities for the exchange of ideas and challenges students to develop the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals' differences.
Join the Conversation as we explore:
- Who am I? Construction and Identity
- Community Conversations: Affiliations with Others
- I am a Global Citizen: Identity Beyond the Here and Now
- Speak Up: Roles and Rights Within Communities
The theme of Identity and Community is directly related to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are being used to identify the global nature of the various experiences USF offers students. Some of these global themes include the importance of gender equality; inclusive and equitable quality education for all people; sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all; reducing inequality within and among countries; and the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies. Campus Conversations provide a positive way for students, faculty, and staff to explore these broader global issues together.
About the Program
Campus Conversations invites the USF campus community to engage in diverse conversations about a particular theme. The program encourages students to engage in curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to enhance their critical thinking and global competency while tackling important issues.
The university-wide Campus Conversation program seeks to unite students and faculty from across disciplines through exploration of the theme. The theme will serve as a basis for guided discussion, projects and assignments, and classroom activities. Through an exploration of the issues related to this theme, students will gain a greater understanding of themselves, our campus, and global communities.