About the Program
The Compassionate Conversations program is an ongoing opportunity for students, trainees, staff and faculty to come together and discuss important social justice issues facing our communities. Our goals are to:
- Identify opportunities to engage in ongoing dialogue to address important societal issues or events affecting our communities (local, global) for staff, faculty, students and trainees.
- Discuss strategies for maintaining self-care during stressful times.
- Explore how members of the Baylor community can participate and lead efforts to advance social justice in our communities.
Each conversation includes sharing of information by content experts and attendees followed by small group discussions guided by trained facilitators and closing with a large group debrief that focuses on action steps members of the Baylor community can take to address the issue or concern.
A Compassionate Conversation: Poverty and Homelessness in the Greater Houston Area
The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity hosted a Compassionate Conversation Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The session defined poverty and homelessness and the adverse impacts it can have on the physical and psychosocial development and well-being of persons of all ages. The session featured speakers Ruth Buzi, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW; Naomi Lee McCants, M.D.; Fareed Mahmood Khan, M.D.; Kenya Steele, M.D.; and Harish Eswaran.
A Compassionate Conversation: Sexual Harassment and Bystander Intervention Strategies
The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity hosted a Compassionate Conversation Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Karen Lawson, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Mikiba Morehead M.A., Title IX coordinator, facilitated a session to provide information about sexual harassment and bystander intervention strategies. The intent of this session is to continue the dialogue about workplace climate and further demonstrate Baylor’s commitment to a safe and supportive learning and work environment for all.