'A Frank Conversation' Series

"A Frank Conversation" series, also known as our "Virtual Kitchen Table Conversations," aims to increase awareness about different topics related to specific aspects of diversity. The series, offered in partnership with members of the University community, provides education through personal experiences grounded in broad contexts to promote an inclusive culture of belonging at the University. Please note: Drexel log-in is required to view these archives.

A Frank Conversation About Immigration Status, Identity, and Sense of Belonging

This virtual frank conversation focused on the dynamic relationship between immigration status, identity and sense of belonging at Drexel. International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) provided a brief overview of statuses, including non-immigrant visas, deferred action for childhood (DACA), undocumented students, dreamers and asylum seekers. The overview was followed by a conversation with panelists about how these statuses might influence Drexel student, faculty and professional staff experiences on campus. Relevant support and educational resources at Drexel and beyond were highlighted.

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Frank Conversation: Generational Diversity

The Frank Conversation focused on a wide range of topics related to aging and the working and living experiences of different generations. During this session, panelists discussed stigmas and disparities associated with the aging experiences that are unique to interacting with multiple generations on campus. Drexel’s Age-Friendly University designation was highlighted, and we explored what aging means in America today and how it intersects with the many other identities we have.

A Frank Conversation: Disability Inclusion and Ableism

This panel discussed the history of the disability rights movement, leading to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). The legal landscape set the tone for compliance in public and private settings, granting individuals with disabilities with protections to equal access and equal opportunity. The Frank Conversation highlighted diversity through the lens of disability and identified the barriers presented by ableist views and biases.

Divergent Thinking: A Frank Conversation About Neurodiversity

This panel discussion addressed the increasing familiarity with the term "neurodiversity" through a conversation grounded in the experiences of neurodivergent students, faculty, and professional staff members in the Drexel community. In addition to learning from the experiences of our panelists, we also explored the definition and meaning of neurodiversity.

Standing in Solidarity: A Frank Conversation About Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

A panel discussion addressing the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes through a conversation grounded in the experiences of Asian and Asian-American students, faculty, and professional staff members in the Drexel community.

Leveraging Resilience During Transition and DEI in the Army

This 1:1 conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Anselm Beach underscores the resilience that veterans must maintain as they transition into civilian life on campus and in the workplace. It also addresses service members’ intersectionality and some of the changes that the Army is undertaking in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to continue to enhance mission readiness.

Honoring Pride Month: A Frank Conversation About Gender and Sexuality

A panel discussion about the history of Pride Month and what it means to the LGBTQIA+ community today through a conversation grounded in the experiences of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and professional staff members in the Drexel community.

Looking Back to Move Forward: Frank Conversation in Commemoration of Juneteenth

Panelists reflect on the racial climate in America since the George Floyd killing and how these events have influenced their work, leadership, and commitment to social justice and equity. The discussion also addresses how the University and society can stay hopeful for the future in the aftermath of the Chauvin trial and verdict.