4th Annual Day of Dialogue

No Longer An Afterthought: Toward Disability Awareness, Inclusion and Justice On Campus & In Society


Wednesday, October 20, 2021


The MCLA Day of Dialogue is a campus-wide alternative day of education, with suspended day classes to ensure full campus participation by students, faculty, and staff. This year’s event, held on Wednesday, October 20, will occur virtually to allow for the greatest participation. 
This year's theme, "No Longer An Afterthought: Toward Disability Awareness, Inclusion and Justice On Campus & In Society," encourages us to look at ways we think about and dialogue around disability. Please join us as we look at different ways to approach disability, understand ableism and the many ways it manifests, define disability (who is considered to be a person with a disability), and examine historical perspectives. Look back with us as we trace the roots of the disability rights movement, celebrate legislative accomplishments, and navigate our own campus spaces, including the classroom. 
The Day of Dialogue program committee is seeking panels, experiential workshops, and facilitated dialogues that both showcase and allow for dialogue around the many ways in which we consider disability in our community. Examples of topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Disability rights organizing  
  • Strategies people with disabilities use to thrive in an ableist society  
  • Political action (voting, rallying, etc.)  
  • Building community relationships  
  • Various forms of disability  
  • Disability as an issue of diversity
  • Action-oriented and accessible pedagogy   

Day of Dialogue sessions are expected to meaningfully address the following participant learning outcomes. Most sessions address 2-3 outcomes. While attending the Day of Dialogue, participants will: 

  • Critically reflect on and explain their own social identity in relation to ability;  
  • Employ skills for effective dialogue, including deep listening, suspending judgments, identifying assumptions, voicing, reflection and inquiry, and respect;  
  • Analyze the individual, institutional, and societal components of social identity in U.S. society;  
  • Demonstrate the ability to empathize across and within social identity boundaries;  
  • Move from dialogue to action to create change and bridge differences in a variety of social contexts;  
  • Identify and address group dynamics and processes that enhance or hinder dialogue. 

Presenters are expected to design their session and materials to be fully accessible. Presenters should consult with Academic Technology for support and may refer to these guidelines for accessible presentations


If you are interested in organizing a session for this year’s Day of Dialogue, please complete this application by Friday, September 17th.