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


Friday, October 27th
7:00 AM  Coffee and light breakfast
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM  Program

Location: Saint Louis University, Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall

This workshop is now full. Click here to register for the waiting list.

About this workshop:

Missouri State University Sociologist Lyle Foster returns 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.

Who should attend: High school counselors, non-profit youth advisors and postsecondary professionals who want to use the model to address racial and cultural disparities within their own organizations.

Program registration includes light breakfast starting at 7 AM. Program begins promptly at 7:30 AM and concludes at 10 AM.

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