University Community to Come Together for Day of Discovery & Dialogue

Community Engagement; Research; Social Work

The Washington University in St. Louis community will convene Feb. 13-14 for the fourth annual Day of Discovery & Dialogue event. This year’s theme is “We’ve Got to Find a Way: Staying Resilient in Challenging Times.”

Established in 2015, the Day of Discovery & Dialogue is an opportunity for members of the university community to come together to explore our shared core values and to reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This year’s event will open with a keynote address by clinical psychologist and author Meg Jay, who will speak on “The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience.” The author of “Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience” and “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — and How to Make the Most of Them Now,” Jay focuses her research and practice on understanding resilience and the ways people, particularly young adults, cope — and even thrive — amid adversity.

Jay’s talk, which will take place at 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus, is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a panel discussion and book signing. Complimentary copies of “Supernormal” will be distributed while supplies last.

Events scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, all of which will be held in Hillman Hall on the Danforth Campus, unless otherwise noted, include: 

8:30 a.m. — Welcome and opening remarks from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Day of Discovery Committee chairs Mary M. McKay, dean of the Brown School; and Lori S. White, vice chancellor for student affairs

8:45 a.m. — “Humans of St. Louis,” an inside look at the innovative project created by a Washington University graduate that aims to amplify the voices of the people of St. Louis, one photo and story at a time

9:45 a.m. — “Revisiting the Ferguson Commission Report’s Call to Action: Youth at the Center,” a panel discussion featuring three public school superintendents from the St. Louis region

11:00 a.m. — “The Role of Washington University in Advancing the Ferguson Commission,” a panel discussion exploring the important roles Washington University faculty, staff, alumni and students have played in advancing the recommendations of the commission

1:15-3:30 p.m. — Engagement sessions and poster presentations (Hillman Hall and Goldfarb Hall meeting rooms

3:45-4:45 p.m. — Diversity and Inclusion Report presentation and closing reflection

A complete listing of events is available on the WashU Voices website, where participants are strongly encouraged to register to attend events.