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Difficult Conversations Series Returns Nov. 6

October 18, 2013

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MACOMB, IL— Western Illinois University's Difficult Conversations (also known as DifCons) series will provide discussion about WIU's demographics change to reflect the increasing diversity throughout the country. The conversation, the second in this year's series, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Multicultural Center.

The conversation will include how interactions with friends, peers and colleagues can create tension when students, faculty and staff do not share the same cultural experiences, values or expectations. An example of this would be the difference in urban and rural living experience among students at WIU.

The November conversation will look at both sides of tension when it comes to the urban/rural divide. After introductions by Barry McCrary, assistant professor in the WIU Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and Aimee Shouse, chair of the WIU Department of Women's Studies, participants will be working in small groups to discuss their own experiences with differences on campus when it comes to the rural and urban cultures.

There will be a companion discussion held on Feb. 5 that will focus more on the urban/rural divide off of the WIU campus. All WIU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend both discussions.

The discussions are organized by the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project and are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, the University Diversity Council, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Research.

For more information about the Difficult Conversations series, contact Debra Miretzky, assistant professor in WIU's Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, at

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