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Dawg Talks: Conversations that Matter is a partnership between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Student Services. This conversation series seeks to engage students, faculty, and staff in a variety of topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. By encouraging courageous conversations, we hope to attract populations from all walks of life and offer a unique lens and a fresh perspective on those around us.

With past topics of religion and spirituality, mental health and disability, race and class, and gender and masculinity, we have opened the doors for conversations that matter. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are welcome to attend.

Conversations that Matter on Mental Health Stigma

Presenters: Shaina Patel, administrative specialist, Department of English; Ed Delgado-Romero, associate dean and professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services

All of us are human. As people, it's important to remember this, to relate to one another, and to understand that others may be fighting mental battles or disabilities that we have no idea about. In this talk, the presenters will engage participants in a conversation on mental health stigma and pose strategies for creating more affirming environments around mental health, disability, and wellness.

Exercise as a Path to Inclusion for People Living with Disabilities

Presenters: Kevin McCully and Megan Ware, Department of Kinesiology

Description: In this DAWG Talk, the presenters discuss the learning opportunities that exist when partnering student education with a community exercise program for people living with disabilities. The presenters use a case study about the UGA course, "Introduction to Wellness for People with Disabilities," to bring alive how students, staff, and faculty can raise their awareness about ability privilege and disability-affirming advocacy.