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"Fearless Conversations” is meant to serve as a model of informed dialogue tackling contemporary issues and bridging our campus with our surrounding communities.  These “conversations” will bring academic experts together with local citizens who engage with these issues firsthand every day. 

Why Fearless Conversations and Why Now? 

We are taking up these conversations in partnership with our community because our mission and core values commit us to building inclusive communities, to engaging as ethical citizens, and to pursuing transformative learning.  Those values call, at this moment, to seek to transform the conflicts that divide our communities and threaten our national ties into opportunities to educate, to build understanding, and to model productive and inclusive dialogue across differences. 

"We must talk about the difficult things, because those things are part of being human.  When these parts of human experience become mentionable, they become manageable."  - Mr. Rogers 

Dr. Sandra Miles

Dr. Sandra Miles

Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Moderator of Fearless Conversations

Dr. Sandra Miles is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Flagler College. In her role, she is responsible for creating programs that reflect the College's Core Values- Transformative Learning, Respectful and Inclusive Community, Citizenship with Integrity, and Thoughtful Stewardship.

Virtual Lecture Schedule

September 24, 2020: Police and Social Justice: A Complex Conversation about a Complex Calling

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Topic: Police and Social Justice: A Complex Conversation about a Complex Calling

The collective outrage over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, affected all Americans in some way. Some have called for defunding the police altogether, while others have a strong desire for law and order at any cost. Because of this, law enforcement and social justice in America has been thrust into the national spotlight.  Join our panelists as they discuss the nuanced and complex topics of Defunding the Police, Police Militarization, body cameras, and much more.

Whatever your own opinions on law enforcement and social justice, this conversation promise to be an honest, eye-opening discussion for our community.

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Panelists

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Dr. Joshua Behl, Director of Criminology at Flagler College
Mr. Kobe Speros, Flagler College student in the Criminology and Anthropology programs
Mr. Rob Hardwick, Chief of St. Augustine Beach Police
Ms. Caren Goldman, Executive Director of Compassionate St. Augustine

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October 22, 2020: Racism in the U.S. Education System

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Topic: “Racism in the U.S. Education System”

From punitive discipline and achievement gaps to inequitable funding, institutional racism shows its face at every corner of the U.S. education system.  How did it start? How is it impacting our students?  What can we do about it?  Join our panelists as they share facts and personal stories on the laws and policies designed to limit the educational opportunities for African Americans in the U.S., the influence of racism and negative perceptions of African American students in the classroom, and the activities our local school district is working on to ensure all students are provided equal opportunities. 

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Panelists 

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Edwidge Bryant, Associate Professor of Education and ESOL Coordinator  

Ms. Cynthia Williams, Senior Director for Innovation and Equity for St. Johns County School District 

Ms. Jacqueline Bryant, St. Augustine Resident

Ms. Brianna Gracie, Flagler College student in the Education program

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November 19, 2020: The 2020 Election in Perspective

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Topic: "The 2020 Election in Perspective"

The 2020 election is one of the most divisive in recent American history. But is it historically unprecedented? Have prior presidential elections resulted in contested outcomes, and how were they resolved? How did our electorate become so divided? What are the long and short-term consequences of 2020 on the presidency, and what issues does the election raise that capture the attention of experts within the fields of History and Political Science? Join our panelists as they share facts and insights into the 2020 presidential election and its place within American History and potential impact on our democracy moving forward. 

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Panelists

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Michael Butler, Kenan Distinguished Professor of History

Dr. Rachel Cremona, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Patricia Cheney, Senior Honors Student, and Political Science Major at Flagler College

Mr. Kevin Sweeny, Founder and Chief Strategist for Long Run Strategies, LLC, Political Campaign Operative, and St. Augustine Beach Resident

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January 21, 2021: Inequality in Public Policy

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Join us virtually on January 21, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. for an hour of conversation.

Please note: The link below will become "live" on the date/time above. 

Topic: Inequality in Public Policy

Panelists will discuss the ways local, state, and national policies create barriers to access, equality, and equity for all.

Panelists

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Craig Woelfel, Associate Professor of English, Interim Dean of Academic Life

Lorna Bracewell, Assistant Professor of Humanities

Beth Sweeny, Director of Community and Government Relations

Camille Montano

John Regan

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February 18, 2021: Black History Month

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Topic: Black History Month: Facts, Founders, and Future

Join our panelists as they discuss the history of Black History Month, what lessons can be learned from the experiences of black history makers, and how black history helps tell the story of what it means to be an American.

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Panelists

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. David Rivera, Jr., Flagler College Freytag Professor and Director of Hospitality and Tourism Management program

Mr. Rory Thompson, Flagler College student, and BSU President

Ms. Regina Gayle Phillips, Executive Director, Lincolnville Museum

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March 25, 2021: Shattering the Glass Ceiling

TOPIC: SHATTERING THE GLASS CEILING

In Celebration of Women's History Month, join Flagler College for a candid conversation with inspirational women from our campus and community who have found success in traditionally male-dominated fields.

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PANELISTS

Dr. Sandra Miles, Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Tracy Halcomb, Professor and Internship Coordinator, Communications Department

Ms. Stacia Ahlers, Flagler College Digital Media Production and Theatre Arts student

Ms. Patty Wagstaff, Three-Time US National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee

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