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Forum for Inclusive Culture

The Forum for Inclusive Culture (“I-Forum”) is dedicated to ensuring that our University is welcoming to all members of our diverse community and that all members feel understood. This requires building a community characterized by cooperation, listening, and care, rather than hierarchy, inflexibility, and isolation. Our goal is to work together to develop and implement a cultural framework that will ensure we are caring for the physical, psychological, social, and moral wellness of all members of our microcommunities and the Drexel community at large, and that we are modeling norms that are compatible with the evolving ethics of work and social life.

Thank you to everyone who attended the last meeting of the Forum for Inclusive Culture (“I-Forum”) and to our guest speaker, Dr. Sandra Bloom. For those of you who were unable to attend, Dr. Bloom taught us about the long term and far reaching consequences of trauma and the challenges and rewards of constructing and maintaining an organizational culture characterized by emotional intelligence, open communication, democracy, social responsibility, and other principal commitments. 

Now we move into the next phase of our work, developing our own framework for building and maintaining an adversity-informed, resiliency-affirming institutional culture here at Drexel, an exceptionally large and diverse university community. We will begin a guided conversation through which we will analyze our own microcommunities for entry points through which we can shape culture through the application of principles inspired by those discussed at the last meeting. And, we will conceptualize programming through which we can introduce and reinforce these principles in a meaningful and organic way. At our next meeting, we will work together to do this work within the restructured “I-Forum,” developing consistent structure and norms for the Forum for Inclusive Culture as our own case study.

The next meeting of the I-Forum will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Sky View Room of MacAlister Hall. Please RSVP, as space is limited. 

The June 27 I-Forum meeting will be held in the:

Sky View Room of MacAlister Hall

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please RSVP, as space is limited.