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CSB Listening Salons 2017

Dear Community,

As you may recall from the opening forum, I am organizing my goals and strategy for fiscal year 2017-18 around a central theme:  Who and how are we called to serve today?

In order to address this theme, I am intentionally exploring the following questions within our community:

  1. As a campus community, how do we demonstrate a commitment to transformative inclusion?
  2. What does it mean to be a college for women today?
  3. How do we support collaboration and dialogue within and between the two campuses?

This framing theme and questions will equip us to have important conversations about our future at CSB and our next strategic plan.  To that end, I need the input and wisdom of our entire community in discerning and creating a vibrant shared future for Saint Ben’s. With that in mind, I am hosting a series of listening salons in the coming year to reflect on these questions. These listening salons will be open to anyone who is interested in envisioning the future of Saint Ben’s. Each of the salons will be in response to one of the questions and framed around a shared reading or a topic that addresses our future.

The first listening salon will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in the Board Room, Teresa Reception Center, Main Building. This salon will focus on the question: What does it mean to be a college for women today?  The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Susan Cogdill, Mary Geller, and myself.  Prior to the event, we encourage you to reflect on the following readings: The Confidence Gap in the Atlantic,  The Female ‘Confidence’ Gap is a Sham in The Guardian, The Confidence Code by Katherine Kay and Claire Shipman (available in the bookstore) and Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine. 

We also invite you to view this short video about the power of collective voice:

The event will be limited to 25 to ensure we are able to have a discussion.  If we are unable to accommodate everyone, I will attempt to add additional sessions.  To RSVP for the event, please email [email protected]

With hope, purpose, and joy,

Mary Dana Hinton