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ENGAGE!: Hampshire's Community Education Conference

The ENGAGE Conference is a day-long learning opportunity for all Hampshire community members that centers conversation and reflection to promote a deeper understanding of anti-racism, social justice, and the cultivation of an inclusive campus climate.




Hampshire's commitment to working toward anti-racism, social justice, and inclusion requires persistent attention, reflection, and revision of our efforts. The ENGAGE! Conference provides our entire community with a day to focus our learning and share our experience and skills through conversation and creativity practices. Classes are canceled, but this is not a day off: It is a day to ENGAGE!

Community members participating in the ENGAGE! conference will gain information, understanding, and skills as well as learn more about the resources available and current efforts on campus. The conference will include performances, workshops, lectures, films, discussions, interactive exhibits, and storytelling opportunities offered by Hampshire staff, students, faculty, and community partners. 

To preview the conference sessions, go to the ENGAGE! Conference Program. Register today!  


Monday, October 23

Kick off the ENGAGE! Conference with a Block Party

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Community, Art, and Social Change

Under the Solar Canopy

Join us for food, music, local movement/organizing efforts, and collaborative art making with alum Mikaela Gonzalez 13F.

Tuesday, October 24

9 a.m.-Noon:                          Morning workshops and discussion sessions

11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.:            Community Lunch

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.:                Plenary Session: “Toward Democratic Speech Environments"

Javiera Benavente, director of the Ethics and Common Good Project

Chris Tinson, associate professor of Africana Studies and history

2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.:                Afternoon workshops and discussion sessions

5 p.m.-6 p.m.:                          Featured Performance: The Peace Poets

Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall

7 p.m.-9 p.m.:                          Evening films, performances, and discussion sessions


ENGAGE! Conference Sponsorship

The ENGAGE! Conference was created at the recommendation of the Presidential Advisory Council on Hampshire's Commitment to Anti-Racism. Events are made possible by a generous donation and by support from the following offices and programs: college advancement, Community Partnerships for Social Change, diversity and multicultural education, dean of faculty, Ethics and Common Good Program, finance and administration, Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, the President's office, and Student Life.

For more information contact Kristen Luschen, dean of multicultural education and inclusion

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Office for Diversity and Multicultural Education
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002