We at the Center for Civic Participation at Portland Community College (CCP@PCC) are continuing our series of conversations dedicated to current topics of concern that affect the college and our local communities. Our next installment of the "Meaningful Conversations" series will be held on Friday March 16th from noon-2pm in the Sylvania TLC. The topic for our March conversation will be "#metoo and you" where we will collaboratively evaluate the philosophical/practical issues pertaining to this topic. Some of the questions we will discuss include the following:
Why now? What has changed so that the #MeToo movement has been successful in creating awareness around sexual abuse and harassment?
Should public accusations of sexual abuse and/or harassment be believed unconditionally?
What should due process for allegations of sexual abuse and/or harassment look like?
When do sexualized relationships become problematic?
What are the specific challenges we face when having this conversation?
The CCP's "Meaningful Conversations" series has an informal, discussion-based format where we strive to create a place for open and honest dialogues that challenge participants to think about and reflect on difficult topics. The CCP@PCC is part of a broad movement to create alternatives to polarized, adversarial, and polemical conversations. We NEED all points of view brought to the table, but expressed within a structure that helps people listen and learn across their many differences. We hope that you will join us for an upcoming conversation and please feel free to contact one of us at the CCP@PCC: Matt Stockton (email@example.com), John Farnum (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Danielle LaSusa (email@example.com).
Note: This is a "public awareness" event and will not be a space for specific disclosures of sexual assault, violence, or harrassment for the purposes of triggering a Title IX investigation. Topics discussed during the course of this event, however, may inform the need for campus-wide prevention and education. If you need more information about Title IX reporting and procedures, please contact Alex Baldino (Title IX Co-Coordinator) by phone at 971-722-5843 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.