College leaders have been discussing avenues to increase the opportunity for dialogue among students, faculty, and staff about issues that are important to our College and community. We are pleased to announce a series, aptly titled "Community Hour," that will occur most weeks during the scheduled community hour of 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101.

After discussions with various constituents about campus meetings, community dialogues, and town halls, it was determined that a more flexible format may better serve the interests and needs of our community, while also affording attendees a more regular, predictable schedule. A trio of leaders (Debra Lukehart, Vice President for Communications;
Andrea Conner, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; and Summer White '18, Student Government Association President) will coordinate these efforts on an interim basis for the 2017-18 academic year.

Soon, we will be publishing a brief form where you can articulate an interest in a particular topic, or submit a request for a Community Hour to be scheduled for your task force, department, student organization, or committee to update the campus on a matter of importance; watch the Campus Memo for specific instructions on submissions. After the first couple of weeks, the Campus Memo will also serve as your primary source to view the topics for upcoming Community Hours.

The Community Hour format may vary depending on the sponsoring organization or the topic. For example, attendees may experience small group dialogues, a large-group presentation with Q&A, or a facilitated activity. We pledge to alert you in advance of the topic and format so that you know what to expect each week.

Mark your calendar now for our first few Community Hours:

Healing from Hate
Tuesday, Aug. 29
11 a.m., Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101
Student leaders, staff, and faculty will facilitate small-group dialogues to create a space for healing after oppressive incidents in Charlottesville and beyond. Sponsored by SGA, Student Affairs, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Dialogues Across Difference
Tuesday, Sept. 5
11 a.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Student leaders, staff, and faculty will facilitate small-group discussions around learning how to listen well and disagree effectively in our residential community. Sponsored by SGA, Student Affairs, and Diversity & Inclusion.

SGA Blood Drive
Tuesday, Sept. 12
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
No program is scheduled; use this time to donate blood or visit the drive at another time that works for your schedule. Sponsored by SGA.

My Story: Identity and Belonging
Tuesday, Sept. 19
11 a.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Drawing upon a visit from poet Mohja Kahf on Sept. 11, small groups will have the opportunity to explore their own stories in relation to identity and belonging. Sponsored by Intercultural Affairs and the Center for Humanities.

Flu Shot Clinic for Students
Tuesday, Sept. 26
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
No program is scheduled; use this time to get your flu shot or visit the clinic at another time that works for your schedule; a separate clinic for faculty and staff is planned for a different date. Sponsored by SHACS.

Grinnell Prize Ceremony and Keynote Address
Tuesday, Oct. 3
11 a.m., Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Gina L. Clayton, the winner of the 2017 Grinnell College Innovator in Social Justice Prize, will be honored and then deliver a keynote address about her work at Essie Justice Group. Sponsored by CLS.