Every March, AAWCC organizes its annual Day of Dialogue to encourage chapters to engage in thoughtful conversation about issues impacting women attending and working at community colleges. AAWCC develops a themed topic, as well as an event planning toolkit and a discussion toolkit. Chapters develop programming and take action to address the topic. While called Day of Dialogue, chapter programming takes place throughout the month of March.  

The theme for 2020 is gender identity and expression. As a national women's organization, AAWCC must speak out about the issues and inequities faced by students, faculty, and staff in our LGBTQ+ communities. This dialogue offers an opportunity for AAWCC chapters and members to lead their campuses in having civil conversations on this topic. Join AAWCC in leading with equity and civility. 

Planning Day of Dialogue Event 

AAWCC has developed an event planning toolkit (pdf) for chapters for the Day of Dialogue. Use the toolkit as a checklist as what to consider when bringing members together. Each chapter decides which format works best for its members, campus, or college. The event could be an inspirational speaker, facilitated discussion, awards event, or a day of service.

Developing Thoughtful Discussion

The best tool for crafting thoughtful discussion within the chapter and across campus is the discussion guide (Word). Consider these questions for dialogue: 

  • What barriers are faced by LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff at your college?
  • What data does your college have on LGBTQ+ college community members (students and employees)?
  • What are the pros/cons of adding a gender identity question on student applications?
  • What is the college's role in advancing equity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community? How does this work align with other equity and inclusion work?
  • How can the college structure civil conversations around difficult topics across the campus?

Sharing Lessons Learned

Report to AAWCC about your chapter's events and the Day of Dialogue. By submitting this online report, chapters across the country can benefit from your chapter's experiences. Additionally, your information will assist with future planning efforts of the Day of Dialogue.

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