Critical Cardinal Conversations

Upcoming Critical Cardinal Conversation

 Our Critical Cardinal Conversations series is designed to create safe, yet brave, spaces where participants can explore challenging topics, specifically incidents that occur to and around various communities.  Due to the recent visitors on campus and the community response, we will be discussing free speech on campus. Come out to engage in conversation and/or listen to the perspective of those around you. This event is open to faculty, students, and staff. Please join us and help spread the word!


The Critical Cardinals Conversation Program was established to create safe spaces for the campus community campus to engage in authentic dialogue around diversity and inclusion. The program consists of various opportunities for conversations including training sessions, book clubs, and Let's Talk About It! sessions. Each program is facilitated by one of our trained UofL student, staff, or faculty member. More information is detailed below! 

Critical Cardinal Conversations: Training Sessions 

The Office of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence (DEIE) looks for staff and faculty members who desire to engage in the work of having Critical Conversations. Training is offered to those interested in hosting book clubs and real talk conversations. These training balance both liberation and education as trainees learn more about their individual identities, as well as how those identities impact our daily interactions. Trainees also learn how to effectively navigate difficult dialogues.

Critical Cardinal Conversations: Book Club Cohort Model 

Book Club Cohorts are designed to build community among individuals committed to taking a journey together by engaging with a book around critical topics on diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. Cohorts meet monthly to discuss the readings as well as connect the reading to real issues in our community.

One cohort unpacked Michelle Alexander’s critically acclaimed book, The New Jim Crow. In addition to reading and discussing this book, the cohort also examined the documentary 13th and participated in prison tours in order to gain a better understanding of how prisons operate. Finally, the cohort agreed to come up with an action plan to respond in a way that addressed systemic barriers.

Critical Cardinal Conversations: The Aftermath Series

The Critical Cardinal Conversations: The Aftermath Series is designed to create a safe space for our campus community to engage in critical dialogue around issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice that impact our communities. Monthly facilitated dialogues will occur with predetermined topics selected by The Office of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence. Additionally, UofL Faculty, Staff, and Students have the opportunity to submit relevant discussion topic by completing this form.