Campus Diversity & Inclusion

Constructive Engagement at Union College

Engaging one another to understand differing viewpoints is vital to any enterprise and central to the core of learning at Union College.

Constructive Engagement aims to broaden our perspectives on different issues and presents an opportunity for us to engage in meaningful conversations instead of debates. Aligning with the College’s vision and strategic plan, the Constructive Engagement initiative provides the opportunity for every Union student to lead, to develop wisdom, empathy and courage. We foster a learning environment where students, faculty and staff are empowered to engage with one another through intentional dialogues and reflection that helps us learn and grow as a community.

The Union College Forum on Constructive Engagement was launched with a symposium on the inauguration of President David R. Harris in the fall of 2018. This symposium is aimed at enhancing our appreciation of the value of constructive engagement across perspectives. The series has continued with a number of guests from non-profit organizations.

Support for Constructive Engagement comes from Kelly Williams '86 and her husband, Andrew Forsyth, through the Williams Legacy Foundation.

Constructive Engagement events

Police Reform is topic of Oct. 13 forum

The Forum on Constructive Engagement will present two former members of Congress – Republican Charles Bass and Democrat Albert Wynn – on “Police Reform” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.