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Sexual Identity and Preference Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues relating to Sexual preference and identity.

    Questions to discuss might include:
  • Is SAC tolerant of gay or lesbian or bisexual students? Have you experienced intolerance? Is there a difference between how tolerant students are and how tolerant faculty or administration are?
  • Are attitudes towards gay men, and lesbians, and bisexuals different? if so, why are the treatment of these groups different? Should they be?
  • Are you aware of the new inclusiveness policy for LGBT persons on campus? What do you think of it? Does it go far enough? Does it go too far?
  • How are diversity issues relating to sexual preference different from those relating to race or gender? Should they be?
  • Catholic moral theology  finds homosexuality to be a disordered form of sexual relationship. Can a Catholic community still be welcoming and respectful of homosexuals? Can Homosexuals be comfortable in a community that officially disapproves of their behavior?
  • Is inclusiveness for forms of sexual behavior different or harder than other kinds of inclusiveness? Do we apply the same standards to heterosexual and homosexual behaviors?
  • Is homosexuality a matter of sexual preference or cultural and personal identity? Do LGBT people you know define themselves according to the typical gender roles for their gender? Should they? Does that affect how easily they are accepted? Is intolerance of homosexuality due to the sexual behavior or the violation of typical gender norms?

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Sex and Gender at SAC

This section is for discussion of Issues relating to gender, feminism, and sexual identity.

    Questions to discuss might include:

  • Is there still sexism at SAC? Have you encountered it? Do women require special treatment protect their rights or can they take care of themselves?
  • How far have women come? Is Feminism still necessary to ensure equality of opportunity?
  • How is your experience at SAC different because you are a woman or a man? Are there legitimate differences between men and women that should be reflected in how you are treated here?
  • Should preference to men or women be given to ensure that there is a diversity of genders in the student body, faculty, and administration?  Should there be roughly equal numbers of men and women in each group?
  • How are women and men each restricted or empowered by the gender roles and sexual roles imposed upon them by our culture and our media. Is life at SAC pretty much governed by typical cultural gender roles or is there a living counter culture here?
  • Do you have to to fit into typical gender roles to fit in at SAC? What happens if you don’t? Have you encountered intolerance for how you define yourself as a woman or man?
  • How should gender and women’s issues be reflected in the curriculum? Are they now? How should it change? Do we need to specially reflect women’s point of view, or men’s point of view, in courses?

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Religious Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues relating to tolerance and hospitality for multiple religious viewpoints on campus.

    Questions to discuss might include:

  • What should be the status of other religions at a Catholic, Benedictine College? Can we welcome people of other religions while still maintaining belief in the truth of our religion?
  • How religious are most students at SAC? Have you encountered religious intolerance, either for your religious views or your lack of them?
  • How should SAC react to atheists, agnostics, or people for whom religion plays little role?  Have you had any experience with how non-religious people are treated on campus?
  • Do Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or Protestant persons face special challenges at the college? How can we welcome them while still preserving the Catholic character of the college?
  • Do all religions share a common core of beliefs that makes it possible to make adherents of all religions welcome here? Are some religions more true than others?
  • How should different religions be represented in the curriculum? is it valuable for even non-catholics to take theology? Should Catholic students have to study other religions?

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Racial and Ethnic Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues relating to diversity of ethnic and geographic origin and the physical and cultural differences that go with them.

Questions to discuss might include:

  • Is there still racism at SAC? What forms does it take?
  • How is your experience at SAC different because of who you are racially or ethnically?
  • How far have we come in overcoming racism? Do the categories and issues of the 20th century still apply?
  • Are members of different nationalities or ethnicities treated differently here? Who has the hardest time?
  • What do programs to increase diversity of this type add to the college? How can we help people of different ethnicities and races to feel welcome here?
  • Should we be trying to lose our ethnic and racial and cultural differences or should we be trying to retain our differences? Does emphasizing our categories help or hurt?
  • If you are white. do enjoy privilege or opportunities that others don’t? Is it fair? Is that your fault? What can you do about it?

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