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The Empathy Challenge: Basic Requirements for Building Extraordinary Relationships

Workshop Description:

 

This interactive session allows members of our community to explore the topics of self-identity, empathy and the requirements for creating meaningful relationships and inclusive communities. During this workshop, participants will get to know members of our community; identify impact of inclusion and exclusion; understand the importance of empathy in creating meaningful relationships; and explore strategies for building, living, and working in community at Wake Forest.   

Background

This fall all first-year students participated in a workshop entitled Building Community through Diversity and Inclusion as a part of New Student Orientation.  The workshops, led by Resident Advisors, focused on empower participants to use empathy as a tool for building extraordinary relationships.  The theme of empathy was selected because of its growing importance in a society that is becoming more diverse, polarized, and global.

It is important that our conversations about empathy and community continue. To that end, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion is launching an “Empathy Challenge,” an initiative that invites all members of our campus community to engage in a variety of activities and programming that encourage the use of empathy to build community.  These activities include workshops, book discussions, dialogue groups, continued RA training, interactive pop-up booths, and more!    

 

We hope that you’ll take the challenge by participating in upcoming activities and committing to using and modeling empathy both on and off campus. Each activity related to the initiative will include specific challenges and incentives intended to encourage members of our community practice using empathy – especially when engaging across difference.

 

Activities include workshop, book discussions, dialogue groups and more!