It has been a busy week for the DCI as the 2022-23 academic year gets started here at Davidson. Monday night several of our new DCI Fellows represented the DCI at the Political Clubs Fair organized by the Center for Political Engagement. They were able to connect with other organizations interested in political issues and share information about the DCI with students curious about its various activities, from D Teams to Deliberative Forums and more.
Tuesday during Common Hour we had our first cohort meeting of the DCI’s fifteen new 2022-23 Fellows. They include first years through seniors, several international students, and several scholar-athletes, and all of them are passionate about deliberation and excited about getting involved in the DCI. We got to know each other a bit and reviewed our plans for the year, which are extensive and we’re looking forward to sharing more with you about them soon.
Then on Wednesday, several Fellows shared information with interested students about the DCI at a table in front of the College Union. Through this outreach, several students signed up for D Teams (the final deadline is this Friday!) and for updates from the DCI.
We are rounding out the week tomorrow with our Semester Kickoff Party, which will be held in the 900 Room from 12 pm to 2 pm. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are all invited to come learn more the DCI, pick up some tips on how to engage in difficult conversations on contentious topics, and enjoy some pizza, prizes, and deliberative activities. We hope you can join us!
Friday (9/2) is also the final deadline to sign up for the DCI’s fall D Teams, which is open to everyone and meets three times during the semester. Our fall topics are election accessibility, security, and fairness. Learn more here and register here by tomorrow!