Empathy Listening Circles - Personal Impact of Global Events

February 27 2025, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Global Events may take place a long way away, but they can have a lot of personal impact on us as individuals and as a VIU Community. Many of us have families and friends abroad who feel the direct impact of disasters, conflicts, and oppressive situations. Even if we don't, world events can create a strong emotional response in all of us.

This is a safe, facilitated, and confidential space to speak about your personal experience and feelings, and to be heard with empathy and compassion by others.

Participants will be in small groups of four, and will be coached on empathetic listening. Each speaker will have a short, uninterrupted time to speak.

What does it mean to be a global citizen, at VIU and in our community?

The Global Citizens Forum is a two-day event on February 27 and 28 that engages students, faculty, and staff in this question, through dialogues, workshops, and art.

All events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

“I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen? I reply that it begins in your own community.” - Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General

Date and Time:
February 27 2025, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Attendance: In-person
Location: Nanaimo campus
Building: Other