Building a Campus and Community Culture that Supports All Students through Courageous Conversations

This workshop took place on Friday, October 27th at Saint Louis University.

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About this workshop: Missouri State University Sociologist Lyle Foster returned to the Professional Development Institute to share his approach to Tough Talks and how they can foster a community of understanding and respect amidst cultural and racial differences. Participants will engage in a discussion of the disparities occurring in our schools and communities, and use that discussion to craft a Tough Talks model that can be used in their own schools and organizations.

About the presenter: Lyle Foster is a professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University. He holds a B.A. from Macalaster College, an M.A. in sociology from Brown University and a M.A. in religion from Yale University.  Foster is also the owner of Big Momma’s coffee shop in Springfield, MO. Foster developed the Tough Talks model of campus and community conversations on race and cultural understanding.

PDI attendance is free of charge thanks to the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee, and The Pettus Foundation.