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Just Talk is the Kraemer Family Library's programming series that is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the UCCS campus and beyond.

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defending the constitution

Just Talk: Defending the Constitution

Join Dr. Kathleen Hynes for the discussion "Defending the Constitution" on Thursday, October 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Library Apse.

Dr. Hynes is a highly sought-after volunteer speaker for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.  For over a decade, she has worked throughout Colorado on behalf of the ACLU on a variety of issues, including: Juvenile Justice, Privacy Rights, Immigrant Rights, Prisoners’ Rights, Government Transparency, School Vouchers, Free Speech, Voting Rights, Ending the Death Penalty, and Knowing Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement. 

In addition to speaking, Dr. Hynes has written and given testimony on matters before the Colorado legislature because there is no better way to ensure social justice than by protecting, defending and extending the civil rights and civil liberties of all people. 

Dr. Hynes held a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for several years before starting her own research business producing customized research and assistance in business development for almost three decades. 

When

Thursday, October 25, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where

3rd Floor Library Apse

Just Talk is the Kraemer Family Library's programming series that is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about equity, diversity, and inclusion on the UCCS campus and beyond.

Ground Rules for Just Talk discussions

  • Listen actively -- respect others when they are talking.
  • Speak from your own experience instead of generalizing ("I" instead of "they," "we," and "you").
  • Do not be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions, but refrain from personal attacks -- focus on ideas.
  • Participate to the fullest of your ability -- community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice.
  • Instead of invalidating somebody else's story with your own spin on her or his experience, share your own story and experience.
  • The goal is not to agree -- it is to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Be conscious of body language and nonverbal responses -- they can be as disrespectful as words.*

Discussions of emotionally charged topics may lead you to need assistance with processing your feelings. Mental Health Services is available to help students at the UCCS Recreation and Wellness Center.

*These ground rules are based on the Guide for Setting Ground Rules for the EdChange project.

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