So deep

>Date: 15 Oct 2003 13:16:47 EDT

>From: Tucker Dean


>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

DEEP COMMUNITY: Diversity That Unites Us


What: A 3-day workshop for Dartmouth students & staff (Lodging, meals & transportation included)

When: 3pm, Friday, Oct. 31 to 3pm, Sunday, Nov 2

Where: Sargent Center for Outdoor Education, Monadnock Region of New Hampshire


This intensive three-day workshop invites members of the Dartmouth community to address what it takes to build a diverse, committed, and dynamic human community. We will look at community-building on a personal, institutional, and social level and will also address the problems, pitfalls, and difficulties involved. Community seems to be something we both yearn for and find elusive. Here we can open the Pandora’s Box and transform the mystery into a set of practical tools, decisions, understanding, and shared commitments, which work when used.

Social oppression, fear, insecurities, isolation, misinformation, stereotypes impact all of us, whether we are socialized into the victim role or hold positions of privilege and power. Through honest sharing and active listening, participants will have an opportunity to bring their whole selves to the table and build a vision of community for Dartmouth and beyond. Come prepared to make a safe environment for all voices to be heard, to share openly and honestly toward forging human community.


Some Key Themes Include:

– Dismantling the dynamics of social oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.) in us and around us

– Developing leadership and power models that are inclusive and progressive

– Underlying principles of human growth and liberation

– Authenticity vs. Conformity

– The role of social identities in progressive community: Becoming allies for each other’s struggles

– Identifying and dismantling internalized oppression

– Selfhood vs. multiple social identities

– Difference vs. divisiveness

– Transforming sex, sexuality, and gender from being a socially conditioned tool of oppression


We invite and encourage every interested student to apply (see application below). We have extended the application due date to Friday, October 17th at 4pm, although preference will be given to those who meet the original Wednesday 4pm deadline. For more information, blitz ‘Deep Community.’


About the workshop leader:

Charlie Kreiner is the founder and director of the Institute for Diversity Education in America (IDEA). For over 30 years he has been an independent educator, activist, consultant and counselor on human liberation and social oppression issues through out the U.S. and the world. He is a former Dean of Students and Faculty Fellow at Wesleyan University and also brings to the table his life as a former professional dancer, outdoorsman, swimmer, and artist. After the weekend workshop, at a date to be announced, Mr. Kreiner will give a presentation at Dartmouth on “New Visions For Campus Life and Leadership.”






1. Respond to the following questions (no more than 200 words each please):

a. What from the above description sparked your interest in this workshop? What will you bring to it personally?

b. What areas of your life do you most want to change and grow?

2. List the organizations and activities that you are involved with on campus.

We have extended the application due date to Friday, October 17th at 4pm, although preference will be given to those who meet the original Wednesday 4pm deadline. You may return the completed application by blitz to ‘Deep Community’ or, if a hard copy, to the Tucker Foundation lobby.

Thank you. Looking forward to hearing from you.